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Vanarama National League North club Darlington have announced the signing of defender Josh Heaton from Evo-Stik League North side Ramsbottom United.

Heaton, 21, started his career at Preston North End, but was released by the SkyBet Championship side in the summer of 2016.

In his ten years at Preston, he also had loan spells at Tamworth and Colne.

He then joined Droylsden and Stalybridge Celtic before switching to Bamber Bridge last summer.

He played for the Quakers in pre-season, but a proposed move then broke down because of injury.

In October this year, he moved on to Ramsbottom, making three appearances for them.

Darlington manager Tommy Wright told the club`s Ray Simpson: “I feel that we need a bigger presence in the centre of our defence. I tried to get Josh when he was at Preston, but he was tracked by several other clubs as well, and I missed out. He was also watched by several bigger clubs in his Preston career as well. He has got experience of this league from his days at Tamworth and Stalybridge.”

Heaton goes straight into the squad for the away game at Kidderminster Harriers tomorrow.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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