8:00am Wednesday 2nd May 2012
By Craig Stoddart
DARLINGTON captain Clark Keltie has spoken of his relief at finally securing a win for frustrated Quakers supporters who endured the worst season in the club's history.
The club's existence remains in the balance and it was yesterday revealed that they will not play at The Northern Echo Arena next season.
The news came just three days after the campaign closed with a 3-1 win over fellow relegated club Kettering Town, finally bringing to a close a 20-game winless run.
That set a new club record and Keltie, who was brought back to the club by manager Craig Liddle this season having left following a League Two play-off defeat in 2008, was keen to thank the supporters.
"It was great to finally get a win for the fans," he said. "Lidds said you're playing for pride now and we knew for a while that we were going to get relegated, but he mentioned that it was the fans that had kept the club going and had paid players' wages so we had to win for them.
"Saturday was our last opportunity to get that win and we got it so that was for the fans.
"What they've done is nothing but incredible, we can't thank them enough. It's sad that a club like this has gone down considering where it was last time I was here.
"It's a totally different club now. It's been a roller-coaster for so many years now with different managers and chairman etc. But the fans have been absolutely fantastic and on behalf of the players and the manager I'd like to thank them.'
As with the rest of the first team squad, as well as supporters, Keltie is in limbo and does not know what his lies ahead for Darlington, but he has not ruled out continuing to play for the club.
He said: "I've been asked a few times by supporters if I'll be here next season, but first and foremost I want the club to survive, that's the main thing. It's been a disastrous season, on and off the field.
"But I'll never say never to playing here again. I've got a bond with the club that I've had for years. I've played nearly 200 games so I would never turn my back on it.
"If the club offers me a contract then I would look at it and weigh up my options. The new manager might not want me or vice versa, but until we know what's going on nothing can be said."
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