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Danny Ellis to Join Darlington

Farsley Celtic can confirm that centre-half Danny Ellis has moved to Darlington.

Ellis, who joined the club in 2017, made 137 appearances for the Celts, captaining Farsley to the Northern Premier League title in the 2018/19 season.

However, with playing time limited this season, the club and Danny came to an agreement for him to move on, and he will join fellow National League North side Darlington.

On Ellis’ move, Adam Lakeland commented: “I’ve nothing but respect and admiration for Danny as a person and a player. He joined us when we first came to the club and because he believed in what we wanted to achieve, he turned down far more lucrative options at higher levels.

“He ultimately made the right choice because he’s made himself a legend at the football club, he’s been our club captain through an incredibly successful period in the club’s history, captaining the team to the title in 2019.

“Unfortunately he’s found himself in a position where he’s been in and out of the team for quite some time now for different reasons, and probably with the emergence of Dave Syers as a centre-back whilst Danny was out last season, he has not been a regular within the starting XI.

“Danny loves the game and he loves football, and he wanted to be playing on a regular basis, and that’s just something at this moment in time that we are unable to offer him.

“We had a good honest conversation several weeks ago, and we just mutually agreed that it was probably the best decision for all parties that Danny looked for a fresh challenge.

“There’s been an incredible amount of interest in him over the past couple of weeks, both on loan and permanently, and then kind of at the 11th hour there was interest from Darlington, and Danny spoke with them and decided that it was a challenge he couldn’t pass on.

“I think it’s an unbelievable opportunity for him at this stage of his career to go to such a big club and have a fresh start.

“We’re obviously incredibly grateful for the way that he’s captained the club, the way that he’s conducted himself throughout his period with us and for his tremendous efforts and achievement on the pitch.

“We wish him nothing but the best for the future, and he’ll always be welcome back at the Citadel.”

Everyone at Farsley would like to thank Danny for his efforts at the club, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

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