Former Newcastle United, Peterborough United and Hull City midfielder released by Darlington

Darlington have announced that midfielder Marcus Maddison has left the club by mutual consent.

A statement from the club read: ‘Darlington FC would like to announce that we have agreed to cancel the contract of Marcus Maddison by mutual consent.

‘We would like to wish Marcus all the best for the future.’

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Maddison, who started his career in Newcastle United’s academy, only joined the Quakers in July but has left the club having made just five National League North appearances this season.

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After leaving Newcastle in 2013, Maddison had a brief spell in Scotland before starring for Gateshead, form that earned him a move to Peterborough United in August 2014.

Maddison’s spell at Posh reportedly caught the attention of numerous clubs, including Leeds United and Sunderland, but he remained at London Road before moving to Hull City on-loan in 2020.

Maddison walked away from professional football in April 2021, citing mental health reasons for his decision.

PETERBOROUGH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Marcus Maddison of Peterborough scores his penalty during the penalty shootout in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round replay match between Peterborough United and West Bromwich Albion at ABAX Stadium on February 10, 2016 in Peterborough, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Explaining his decision, Maddison wrote on Instagram: ‘Well the football industry has eventually broken me’

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‘All the abuse, pressures & monotony of the last 2 years has just got to me. I’ve tried to fit in & be happy but if I can’t be happy In a winning team fighting for promotion it’s clearly something deeper.

‘I’m returning home to think ‘‘do I want to play football any more?’ as it just doesn’t bring me any joy at all. I can’t thank (Bolton manager) Ian Evatt enough for understanding & wish Bolton all the best for the final run in.’