FORMER Darlington striker Mark Beck has been training with Quakers as he attempts to secure a deal ahead of the start of next season.

Beck is a free agent following his release from Harrogate Town earlier this summer, and trained with the rest of Alun Armstrong’s first-team squad at the weekend.

Darlington play their first pre-season game tomorrow evening when they travel to Northern League side Newton Aycliffe.

Whether Beck is involved at Aycliffe’s Moore Lane ground remains to be seen, with the Sunderland-born 28-year-old having last pulled on a Darlington shirt in November 2017.

The target-man striker joined Quakers from Yeovil Town in the summer of 2016 and made 57 appearances for the club, scoring 19 goals.

He left to join Harrogate in the first half of the 2017-18 season, and spent part of last term on loan at York City, playing against Darlington in National League North.

His loan with the Minstermen finished in January, and his last appearance for Harrogate came in a home defeat to Swindon Town in April.

He was not offered a new deal with the League Two side, and is understood to be willing to drop back into National League North with Darlington if he is offered a deal.

Quakers have made three additions so far this summer, recruiting left-back Jassem Sukar and striker Jacob Hazel from Whitby Town and signing former Peterborough United, Charlton Athletic and Bolton Wanderers attacking midfielder Marcus Maddison.

But there is likely to be an exit before the season starts with winger Kevin Dos Santos understood to be on the verge of leaving Quakers.