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Brighton defender Dan Burn values his time with Darlington

Brighton defender Dan Burn values his time with non-league Darlington.

The centre-half spent two years at the club as a 17-year-old playing in non-league for Darlington and he talked about what it did for his career.

He said: “The people at Darlington were huge for me in terms of what they did for my career at the time.

“The youth team manager, Craig Liddle, is someone that really stands out, and I still speak to him today.

“He gave me the belief that I could play football properly full time, and not fall out of the game. I am very thankful to someone like that, because having that sort of belief can change your life.

“He developed me loads, as I arrived at the club as an average footballer and he pushed me on to be better and reach the next level.

“I also have to be thankful to Mark Cooper, who was the first-team manager at the time, as he gave me a good run in the team.

“That was a brave decision by him considering my ability and age at the time."


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