Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Jonny Maddison has wasted no time in finding himself a new club. He has signed for National League North side Darlington, a club formed out of the ashes of the former Football League side. The Quakers finished in 12th place in the sixth tier last season, and are managed by Tommy Wright, who had two spells as a player in their original form.
Wright has confirmed Maddison's arrival at Blackwell Meadows, and explains that with Maddison being a former Sunderland Academy player, and being born in Chester-le-Street in County Durham that the move up to the North-East won't be a strange one for him. He also implies that Maddison will now become a part time player whilst he is there:
"Jonny has terminated his contract at Yeovil a year early in order to come and play for us. He started his career at Sunderland, and played in the EFL last season. He had a spell at Leicester, where I first came across him. He's a big strong lad, and has got experience of the National League North when he had a loan spell at Leamington. Everyone I've spoken to, holds him in high regard, plus he ticks all the boxes. He's young enough to coach, and he's experienced enough to be an asset. Moving to Darlington from full time football has been a big decision for him to make, and hopefully he won't regret it."
Wright has said that he has known Maddison for four years, thanks to his time as Corby Town's player-manager. During a 2015 pre-season friendly against Leicester City, he saw the 20 year old between the sticks and had kept an eye out for him since then:
"He signed for Leicester four years ago which is when I first became aware of him as he played against my then Corby Town team in a friendly in 2015. He had a great game that day and I've had his name in my player list since then. In Jonny we are getting ourselves a goalkeeper that is focused and determined to establish himself as a number one. He is a great age at 23 and has all the attributes to go a lot higher in the game. He played ten times last season in League Two, I'm delighted to have secured a permanent goalkeeper and I feel it's a real coup for the club."
At present there is no word on any length of contract for Maddison at his new club.
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