Alun Armstrong wants to keep the number of loan signings he brings to Darlington to a minimum as he believes creating a squad of permanent signings does more to encourage team spirit.
His approach differs from Darlington’s last season, when the club supplemented their squad with a series of players arriving on loan.
Goalkeeper Jake Turner (Bolton), Ben Jackson (Huddersfield), Will Smith, Romal Palmer (both Barnsley) and Andrew Nelson (Sunderland) all made worthwhile contributions, and a handful of others made up the numbers.
In April chief executive David Johnston said the club’s model would change with longer term loans being introduced to keep costs manageable.
But Armstrong sees it differently, explaining: “I will utilise the loan market, but if I can have a squad where I don’t have to until injuries prevail then I won’t.”