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Posted on: Wed 16 Sep 2009
Colin Todd has moved to bring in experienced goalkeeper Russell Hoult on loan from fellow League Two side Notts County.

The 36-year-old shot-stopper comes to the Northern Echo Arena initially for one month, but is on a 24-hour call-back.

Todd was keen to give young 'keeper David Knight, brought in during the summer, a breather after Darlington's difficult start to the season.

"I've had to look at the goalkeeper situation because of the position we're in," admitted the Quakers boss.

"If David was honest, and I know he is, he'd probably have to admit that he hasn't done as well as he should have.

"It's been a difficult baptism for the lad, but I think the time is right for him to step back and take a breather, and for me to take just take him away from the pressure for a while, but I'm sure he'll take a step back and long-term will be better for it."

Hoult was County's Number One until they signed Kasper Schmeichel from Manchester City -- who himself had a loan spell at Darlo four seasons ago -- last month.

Todd added: "He brings a lot of experience and he'll hopefully come and do the business for us.

"He has a big presence about him and he'll bring some confidence to the back four, and hopefully will inspire us to get a result on Saturday."

Hoult is vastly experienced having began his career with Leicester in 1991, moving on to Derby in 1995 after loan spells with Lincoln, Blackpool and Bolton.

He played more than 100 games for the Rams in five years before joining Portsmouth in 2000 and West Brom in 2001, clocking up more than 200 appearances for the Baggies during six years at the Hawthorns.

He left for Stoke in 2007 but joined Notts County in July last year after two loan spells with the Magpies during the 2007-08 season.

Hoult is the second loan signing in 24 hours, as Quakers yesterday recruited winger Jamie Devitt from Premiership club Hull City.
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