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Gray signs White
Darlington have completed the permanent signing of Alan White, finally bringing the defender back to his hometown club almost 18 months since manager Martin Gray first tried to land him.
He has been with the club on loan from Harrogate Town since September and has recently formed a solid partnership at centre-back with Chris Hunter.
But he continued to be registered to play in the Conference North for Harrogate, who held priority and were able to recall him when required, which is something they did when Quakers faced Harrogate RA.
However, before training this evening White signed a deal lasting until the end of the 2014-15 season and Gray is relieved to finally get his man.
After losing Joe Tait in the summer to Gateshead and Gary Brown to a long-term injury sustained during pre-season, Gray stepped up his pursuit of White.
The manager, preparing for two games in three days, said: "He's got Football League experience and is a hometown lad and we've been delighted with him since he came in.
"He's done great for us and something that we have been looking for and needed since Joe Tait went and we lost Gaz.
"When I first took the job last year I tried to get Alan to come in then. He was a target back then, a bit like Nathan Fisher was."
White, 37, is into his third spell with Darlington having had two years with the club after joining in 2007 when Dave Penney was manager and Gray was assistant.
He returned under Steven Staunton on loan from Luton Town in 2010 and has played over 100 games for Quakers.
Gray added: "We know what we're getting with Alan and he knows what I'm about because I've worked with him before at Darlington.
"He obviously cares about doing well and doing well for Darlington. He's proud to play for the club and as far as I'm concerned you can't have enough of those sorts of players."
White is sure to play on Saturday against Prescot Cables at Heritage Park while Darlington also play on Monday evening at Curzon Ashton.
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