Liam Marrs and Dave Syers have both agreed two-year deals with Darlington FC.

Both joined the Quakers in 2016 and were regulars in Martin Gray’s team last season, Marrs being the first-choice right-back until an ankle injury curtailed his first year with the club.

Marrs started his career at Sunderland, and was on the fringe of the first-team under Paolo Di Canio, but was released by Di Canio’s successor, Gus Poyet.

He had trials at Carlisle and Gillingham, before joining Boston United in the National League North.

He became a regular for them, and was part of the team that lost in successive play offs in 2014/15 and 2015/16.

He lives in Northumberland, and decided to move to Darlington instead of making the much longer journey to Boston.

Midfielder Syers finalised a new two-year contract having orginally joined in 2016 from Guiseley AFC.

He has made thirty appearances in league and cup and scored 9 times last season, including on his debut at home to Gainsborough Trinity – the goal being nominated for goal of season – and he went on to score on his first three appearances – all from the bench.

He started his career with Ossett Albion, then played for Harrogate Town, Farsley Celtic, Bradford City, Doncaster, Scunthorpe and Rochdale before returning for a second spell with Guiseley.

Marrs and Syers take the tally of players to have signed new contracts since the end of last season to eight following Gary Brown, Kevin Burgess, Phil Turnbull, Nathan Cartman and Mark Beck.

And the news comes after Dominic Collins became Gray’s first summer signing, the centre-back arriving after being released by newly-promoted AFC Fylde.

Collins began his career with Preston North End and had spells with Crawley Town, Chester FC and Hereford United before joining Southport in the summer of 2014.

The 26-year-old switched to the Coasters in July 2015.


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