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Prolific striker signs for Clarets ahead of Vase derby duel

Danny Durkin (3883904)
Danny Durkin (3883904)

Patience has finally paid off for Deeping Rangers boss Michael Goode after securing the services of striker Danny Durkin.

Durkin has joined the Clarets from Evo-Stik League Division One East side Loughborough Dynamo after a prolific spell with Leicester Nirvana last season.

The former Grantham, Spalding and Harrowby marksman netted 25 goals in 26 United Counties League Premier Division games for Nirvana and his arrival ends a lengthy pursuit by the Deeping boss.

Goode explained: "Danny's a very talented player and someone I have been tracking since he was 18-years-old.

"I have been trying to sign him ever since and, now we have got players coming from near where's he based, we have been able to make it happen.

"It's a really good signing for us and I'm really pleased. He's a real athlete and will be good foil for Scott Mooney who is clever and holds the ball up well.

"Danny can play off the shoulder, part of a front three or up top as a two. He's a young lad with great potential who wants to come to the club.

"We've been as patient as we could be in trying to bring new players in so I'm really happy to have Danny with us."

Durkin's arrival will be a timely boost for Rangers who lost the services of Jason Kilbride to a horror injury in last Saturday's FA Cup clash with AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Kilbride suffered a dislocated and fractured ankle in several places with medial ligament rupture during the 1-1 draw at the Haydon Whitham Stadium which required an operation to reconstruct his ligaments and fibula.

Goode added: "It was a devastating blow to lose Jason - I wouldn't wish that sort of injury on anybody.

"He was in such good form. He was in great shape and we had found him a new position playing a bit higher up the pitch.

"He was causing teams all sort of problems and it's a massive blow to lose him.

"Danny hasn't been signed to replace him - it was in addition so getting the signing over the line was even more important."

Durkin will go straight into Rangers' squad for Saturday's FA Vase first qualifying round clash with near neighbours Blackstones. However, he is ineligible for the FA Cup replay with AFC Rushden & Diamonds on Tuesday night.

Defenders Dan Flack and Billy Stubbs are back this weekend after missing the Rushden match, but Henry Dunn and Luke Hunnings are unavailable along with injured duo Joe Briers and Carlton Beardmore.

Goode continued: "Blackstones have had a really good start despite the result on Tuesday night because, from what I've heard, Anstey will be very strong this season.

"It's a home game and we've got to use it to our advantage and make sure we play to our potential.

"But it's still a derby game and, with cup matches, it's always 50-50 just like it was when we played Rushden last Saturday."

Stones joint manager Lee Clarke, whose side have won three of their opening four Division One games, insists there is no pressure on his side for the derby duel.

Clarke commented: "The pressure is off us. We are away from home at one of the strongest sides at the level above us so we can be pretty relaxed about it.

“We will have a chance if most of the side are on it but, if they’re not, it will be a long afternoon for us.

“Our mentality on the day is the most important thing. There is no pressure, we are not expected to win but we will still want to get a result because we want to go as far as we can in the competition.

“It’s a chance for us to show what we’re about and to get Tuesday’s result quickly out of our system."

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