DARLINGTON have received a huge boost in their battle to avoid relegation from National League North, with impressive Sunderland goalkeeper Matty Young extending his loan deal until the end of the season.

Young has been influential in Darlington's recent revival, keeping three clean sheets in nine appearances - with Quakers winning seven to climb out of the relegation zone.

Sunderland academy bosses are delighted with how the loan move is playing out for the 17-year-old, and the extension of the deal until the end of the season suits all parties.

Darlington manager Steve Watson said; "We are delighted that Matty is staying until the end of the season, he has put in some very good performances and proved why he is highly rated by Sunderland.

"It's a testament to the club, to his fellow players and to the fans that he wants to stay until the end of the season."


Sunderland academy manager Robin Nicholls added: “It is great that Matty will be spending the remainder of the season with Darlington. They have been able to provide him with an excellent environment to not only develop, but also contribute to their objectives as a club.

"The experience so far has been excellent, and we have been impressed with how Matty has been able to adapt to playing at a senior level of football.

"I believe that this experience will leave him with a great platform from which to build on next season. We must not forget that he is still 17 years-old, so exposure at this level of football is ahead of schedule for his development plan.”

Young is currently away with England's Under-18s so will miss Darlington's crucial away game at Rushall on Saturday.