Outgoing: Talbot joins Darlington on loan

James Talbot has joined Darlington on a youth loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old stopper, who was born in Dublin, has featured prominently for Sunderland under-23s, playing in two of their Checkatrade Trophy matches at both Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United.

Having previously been loaned to Northern League side Sunderland RCA, Talbot now follows in the footsteps of former Black Cats stopper Jordan Pickford who spent three months of the 2011-12 season on loan with the Quakers. 

Speaking about the move, Darlington manager Tommy Wright told their official club website: “James is a very talented Irish international goalkeeper whom I came across recently whilst watching the Sunderland under 23s play Leicester City.

“He got his clean sheet on the night. I stood behind his goal in the second half and his communication and positioning were superb. He was very confident claiming his crosses and he distributed the ball very well.

“I am delighted that he is here, and he will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s game.

“We again now have two quality goalkeepers whom I expect to really push each other for the shirt. A special mention must go to reserve keeper Matty Bancroft who over the last few weeks has filled the number two role and looks a real prospect for the future.

“On behalf of Darlington FC, I would like to thank Chris Coleman, Robbie Stockdale and Kevin Ball in particular for sanctioning this loan. Also, an even bigger thank you to my board of directors for providing the funds to make it happen.”

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