ALUN Armstrong has signed a new three-year contract as Darlington manager.

Appointed last summer after an impressive stint at Blyth Spartans, the former Middlesbrough and Quakers striker, made a positive impression at Blackwell Meadows.

And, while the side finished mid-table in the curtailed National League North side, Armstrong is confident of a sustained promotion push next season.

He said: "I’m delighted to extend my deal with Darlington for another three years. The deal gives me the stability and the opportunity to plan properly as a group to try and get this club back where it belongs in the Football League.

"Thanks must go to David Johnston, John Vickerman and the board who have been fantastic since I arrived at the club along with Chris Stockdale and the DFCSG who have fully supported me over this last year.’

Chief executive officer David Johnston admitted: “We are absolutely delighted that Alun has committed his long-term future to us.

"He, along with the rest of the management team and the players, gave the club and supporters a huge boost last season with their performances, and no-one will forget that well-deserved draw at Walsall in the FA Cup. We were also in a good position in the league to make a late challenge for the play offs.

“There is strong optimism about the club's future, and we are delighted that Alun will be very much an integral part of that."

Armstrong added: "Most of all though I want to thank you the fans for your unbelievable support, not just during the season but also during this whole pandemic.

“What you lot are doing with Boost The Budget at this unbelievably difficult time makes me feel so proud, grateful and honoured to be the manager of your football club and I will do my utmost to make it not only successful but also enjoyable.’’