Chief executive David Johnston has reiterated that there was no prospect of Darlington taking on a significant loan to cover the remainder of the season.

Darlo saw their National League North campaign brought to a halt with a null and void decision recently.

Speaking as part of an update to supporters, Johnston told the club’s website:

“It has been a very difficult season in many ways. The controversy over continued financial funding through grants has been well documented, and if we knew before a ball was kicked that grant funding wasn’t going to be available in January, then we wouldn’t have started.

“Everyone is aware of the club’s thoughts on the subject and we await further developments from the league. I’m sure that there will be more controversy to come over this issue, but as a club, we have made our position clear.

“There was no way that this club is going to trade insolvently by taking on a six-figure loan for just four months of league games. The null and void decision to end the league was very much the correct one.

“Our games have been postponed this season for several reasons. In the past, our games have been postponed because of bad weather or cup commitments; this year added to the list are league suspension, opponents’ Covid infections, our Covid infections, and just cause.”

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