Embargo rules out Darlington arrivals - Craig Liddle

Darlington boss Craig Liddle has said he cannot add bodies to his threadbare squad following a ruling change.

The Football Conference imposed an embargo on the club in December, prior to the administration period, meaning Liddle has just 10 senior professionals and youth-team players to select.

"It's a decision from the powers that be," Liddle told BBC Look North.

"I'm led to believe they received calls from clubs who aren't happy we can bring in players under the embargo."

He added: "I understand it in one sense, it doesn't make it any easier for me."

The Quakers were placed under the embargo after players reported the club to the Professional Footballers' Association in December for unpaid salaries.

They were on the verge of being liquidated on Wednesday but a £50,000 cash injection gave them a three-game stay of execution.

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has come in to bolster the ranks, while defender Aaron Brown has returned having previously opted to leave the club.

Fleetwood provide the opposition at the Arena on Saturday afternoon for the first team, with the youth team hosting Lincoln City earlier in the day.

"They [the Conference] have allowed us a goalkeeper," Liddle added.

"I've got 10 professionals, I won't say senior professionals because most of the lads are 18 or 19 year old and combine that with the youth team boys.

"All I can ask is they give everything they've got.

"I am registered, I've got my old number four shirt back, but it would only be as a matter of urgency that I would do that."