Having seen his own son suffer a miserable loan spell last season, Alun Armstrong has warned that Tyrone O’Neill could be better off remaining with Darlington for the remainder of the season rather than joining another club in a higher division.
O’Neill is on loan from Middlesbrough and has seven goals for Darlington, five of them coming in the last four games.
But the 20-year-old’s stay with Quakers could end in January at Boro’s behest, and Armstrong hopes history does not repeat itself.
He said: “My son Luke was flying at Gateshead on loan from Boro, scored loads of goals in the first half of the season, then got called back and sent to Accrington and played only bit-parts so he didn’t get the goals.
“Yes, he got a great move afterwards, but he absolutely hated that second half of the season because he wasn’t playing. Lads need to develop, but they need to be playing.
“Tyrone’s here until January minimum. He’s thoroughly enjoying it and I think he’ll have a little bit of say in what happens next, and we can’t stand in the way of the lad’s development just to suit us.”