Darlington have today signed Simon Ainge from Harrogate Town for an undisclosed fee.
Ainge, 30, was originally a defender, and was converted into a striker when he was at Harrogate. He started his career at Bradford City, and later represented Bradford Park Avenue, Guiseley, Luton Town and FC Halifax Town.
He moved to Harrogate Town at the start of the 2016-17 season, and it was in January 2017 when he was converted to a striker, scoring 23 goals in the remainder of that season – he scored four in his first game as a striker against Alfreton — and earning several awards. He scored 13 goals in 15 games in the 2017-18 season, but then he was injured, lost his place to the incoming Mark Beck, and in turn, was loaned out to Wrexham for the rest of the season.
Darlington manager Tommy Wright said: “Simon has plenty of experience at this level and above, and he will form a very good partnership with Reece Styche in our forward line, this is a great signing for Darlington Football Club and demonstrates the ambition that the chairman, directors and supporters’ group currently have and I’m thankful for the fans boost the budget scheme which helped secure the deal.”