LIAM CONNELL’S loan to Darlington from South Shields has been terminated by mutual agreement.

The goalkeeper made 13 appearances after arriving in October as cover when Chris Elliott was injured, and made his mark early on by saving a penalty in the FA Cup win at Tamworth.

“He was brilliant when he first came in and gave us the boost that we needed to go on that cup run,” said Quakers boss Alun Armstrong.

“He made a mistake in the game at Walsall, but that helped us bring in the TV money for the replay!

“He made a bit of history for himself with that penalty save at Tamworth, so he was brilliant for us, but when you miss games because of work you end up losing your place unfortunately. He has been good as gold for me though, top drawer.”

Connell said: "I would like to say a massive thank you to Alun, the management team, all the lads, Darlington, and especially all the fans. You have made my time at the club an unforgettable experience. 

"The decision has not been easy but has nothing to do with football matters, and all personal matters and circumstances. 

"I hope to come back in the summer and help achieve what the club wants."

Darlington are at home to Farsley Celtic on Saturday (3pm).