Darlington boss Cooper hails St Louis-Hamilton debut

Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton
St Louis-Hamilton made his Darlington debut against Histon

Darlington boss Mark Cooper has praised keeper Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton for his debut in Tuesday's 1-0 win at Histon in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The 20-year-old joined the Quakers on a non-contract basis in February following his release by Stoke City as cover for first-choice Sam Russell.

"He's been patient, a long way from home and is being paid absolute peanuts," Cooper told BBC Tees.

"Fair play, he's done well, he's not done himself any harm tonight."

Cooper added: "We needed to have a look at him with next season in mind.

"You judge your goalkeeper by when he has to do something, he does it.

"He made one great save when it could have been a penalty, but he got his hand on the ball."

St Louis-Hamilton enjoyed loan spells with Bristol Rovers, Worcester City and Vauxhall Motors prior to his departure from Premier League side Stoke.

"He's a big boy, 6ft 4in, he's got a great presence," Cooper added.

"He's been at Stoke a number of years, and hopefully he's another one to add to our collection of young boys we think have got a chance."

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