ALUN Armstrong has predicted a big future in the game for Darlington midfielder Jack Lambert who recently tied himself down to a new contract with the Quakers.

Lambert has been playing on a non-contract basis but strong performances in recent week and two goals in his last two games against Guiseley and Kettering has seen the youngster earn a deal at the club.

Having started his career as a youngster with Boro, Lambert has done the journey in football despite being 22-years-old having most recently played with Hebburn Town.

Lambert was brought in on a casual basis in the summer but the Quakers boss admits he’s brought a lot to the team in recent weeks.

Armstrong said: "He's just been a breath of fresh air. You look at his creativity. I've seen people linking him to Erico (Sousa), basically the way Erico come in and gave us that little bit of creative spark. 

"Jack's come and done exactly the same. He's come in and he's scoring goals, he's creating goals, his movement off the ball is fantastic, he just gets into little pockets that we miss in that final third. 

"I'm delighted to get the lad tied down to a contract. He's earned it, he deserves it. 

"I've said to him I just hope this is just the starting point for him. He could easily play higher Jack if he keeps that attitude and that application right because his ability is second to none.

"It's up to him now. I don't want him to just settle for us. I want him to push on and it's my job to make sure I keep pushing him on. 

"If he does that then the kid can have a career in the professional game without a doubt."

Lambert is set to play a part in Darlington’s team later this afternoon when they take on Chester in National League North.