SIMON DAVEY will spend the next week assessing a number of trialists after continuing to give the Darlington squad an overhaul.

Quakers head to Macclesfield tomorrow knowing nothing can be done to prevent their fall in to the Blue Square Premier and plans are already well underway ahead of next season.

Davey, who has deals in places for the signings of German left-back Dominik Werling and Sunderland midfielder Jamie Chandler, released five more of his first team squad yesterday – with more to follow.

French striker Mor Diop and defender Stuart Giddings are the biggest casualties, although Richie Byrne, Ricky Bains and Dan Riley have all been told their contracts will not be renewed.

“I have had a chat with a few players this morning,”

said Davey last night. “Three of them were injured anyway.

It was only fair I told them.

There will be other players coming in. I have signed Dominik and Jamie and we have a few more on the horizon.”

Davey has had players on trial and he intends to have more in next week in the hope deals can be struck for further additions before the season comes to a close at home to Dagenham & Redbridge a week tomorrow.

“I have decisions to make on players within the next 24 hours,” said Davey, ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Macclesfield.

“I have already contacted certain players who I would like to come in because I know they can do a certain, better job than we have here.

“I will also go down the trialist route, but the difficulty is that they will have to be done within the next nine days. My plan is top get a few in next week, look at them behind closed doors and go from there.”

But with 21 of his 26-man squad up for contract renewal, Davey is unlikely to stop short at the seven he has moved on so far, having also offloaded Ross Chisholm and Patrick Deane last week.

“I’m going to speak with the rest of the players on the Monday after the season has finished,” he said. “Footballers are very selfish people.

They only care about themselves. It’s a very dogeat- dog world. Every player has their own circumstances and they only have to look after No 1. It won’t affect the team’s morale.

“I don’t feel any of the players we have released are of the standard we want to take forward for next year. I have to make sure the ones I recruit are better than those I release.”

Ian Miller, Paul Arnison, Chris Moore and Gary Smith will all be assessed this morning in the hope they have recovered from injury in time to face Macclesfield.