Osagi Bascome expects to return to Darlington next season and said he is in advanced talks with the club over a new contract, report The Royal Gazette.
Bascome joined Darlington in March after a successful trial at the County Durham outfit, making three appearances in the National League North — the sixth tier of the English pyramid.
“Right now, I’m in talks with the club about next season,” Bascome said. “Hopefully that gets over the line as soon as possible.”
Before moving to Darlington, Bascome was playing at the regional level in Spain for Massanassa, having previously had a short spell at Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City, where he featured for their under-23 side.
He admits adapting to the muck and nettles of the non-league was a “big reality check” but believes he will be in a much stronger position to make his mark with a full pre-season under his belt.
“It was a new experience playing in the non-league and it was a bit difficult to adapt to,” Bascome said.
“I think I did well in the few games that I did play.
“It’s a big difference, especially from academy football, going into the men’s game.
“The style of football is a lot different, the physicality is a lot different; it was a big reality check. Pre-season will be massive. I hope to start the season strongly and get into the team.”