Darlington boss Steve Staunton today boosted his squad with a double signing.

The Quakers have signed Irish duo Gary Dempsey and Tadhg Purcell from the League of Ireland.

Dempsey, 28, is an experienced midfielder who has played more than 200 games in Ireland as well as for Aberdeen and Dunfermline in Scotland, and spent the last two years with St Patrick's.

Purcell is a striker who can also play on the right wing and has spent the last four years with Shamrock Rovers. The 24-year-old played against Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid in a pre-season friendly last summer.

Staunton said: "Tadhg is a strong boy. He's a grafter and a finisher, knows the game and is a good talker, and that's always good to have up front.

"Gary brings more experience. He's played in Scotland and has been around a bit and he's a good, all-round midfielder. He can play, he puts his foot in and he knows the game.

"We're relying on players to come in and do the job straight away. We're hoping that they can, but the good things is they're our own players so there'll be no swapping and changing."

Staunton is also hoping to tie up the signing of former Darlington midfielder Clark Keltie next week. The 26-year-old left the Arena in 2008, joining Rochdale, and has spent parts of this season on loan with Chester City and Gateshead.

GARY DEMPSEY FACTFILE
Born: Wexford, Ireland, 15.1.81 (28)
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5ft 9ins

Apps Goals
Everton (2000/01) 0 0
Bray Wanderers (2000/01) 6 0
Waterford Utd (2001/02) 0 0
Dumfermilne (2002/05) 98 8
Aberdeen (2005/07) 61 2
Yeovil Town (2007/08) 18 2
St Patrick's (2008/09) 41 1
Total 224 13

TADHG PURCELL FACTFILE
Born: Dublin, 9.2.85 (24)
Position: Striker/Winger
Height: 6ft

Apps Goals
Shamrock Rovers (2003) 0 0
UCD (2004) 0 0
Kilkenny Rovers (2005) 0 0
Shamrock Rovers (2006/09) 112 30
Total 112 30

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