Jordan Nicholson has left Darlington and Alun Armstrong has warned he will not be the last to leave the club this summer as he seeks to balance the books, the Northern Echo report.

The manager has inherited a squad that includes some players on large contracts, and he feels there is better value to be found elsewhere.

Furthermore, the former Blyth boss would prefer to construct a group of fundamentally North-East-based players, so allowing Nicholson to go, a player who commuted from the Peterborough area, suits all parties.

Armstrong has signed five players so far, all from Blyth, and he said: “I could do with another four or five, but I’ve got to shift some out and that will be sorted in the next week or two.

“I’ve spoken to all of the lads and I can’t name names, but it needs rectifying to balance the books, that’s the big thing I need to keep an eye on.

“I’ll stick by what the club want. It’s a good enough budget to get the team in the top half.”

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