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Darlington Signs Youngster Hume to Professional Contract

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The non-league transfer window might have shut last month but it hasn’t stopped Vanarama National League North side Darlington 1883 adding of their own to a senior contact.

Lee Hume today signed a professional contact with the Quakers after impressing for the club’s youth team.

It’s a dream for the youngster, he said: “Since I joined the club at under 16 level it’s something I’ve aimed towards is signing a professional contract with the club.

“Last season I got called up to the first team and sat on the bench at Blyth Spartans in the Northern Premier League and on another occasion as well.”

That game against the Croft Park outfit isn’t the only time he has been called up to the first team as he explains.

“I was warming up with the reserves at Stokesley and then all of a sudden I got a phone call, to get changed and get down to Blackwell Meadows.

“So it was good to get recognised by Martin and get in the first team,” he told the club’s media team.

Meanwhile, boss, Martin Gray is happy with the progression Hume has shown since arriving at last season’s Northern Premier League Premier Division winners.

He said: “He is another young lad who has come through the college system and another young player who has developed really well this season.

“A couple of years ago he was released by a professional club in the North East before he signed with us.
“ I’ve always said to him if you come with us (Darlington 1883), work hard and trying to stick with what we are trying to do to help develop his game then you can have a bright future.

“These last six months and coming back from a bad injury he has been fantastic.”

Hume has been down training with the first team this season and according to the former Oldham Athletic caretaker manager.

He said: “Hume has trained a few times with the first team.

“I think him working with senior players it’s quicker and faster so when he has stepped up to training sessions it works for him.

“He and many of the other young players who have made the step up haven’t looked short and have held their own in the sessions.”

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