Darious Darkin – Central Midfield

Born: 4th June 1994

Previous Clubs: Aston Villa, Hinckley United, Bedworth United, Bromsgrove Sporting, Studley, Halesowen Town

Date Joined: 2nd June 2015

Darious is sponsored by David and Pamela Hines

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A young central midfielder who had several potential suitors upon joining the club, Carl Abbott believes Darious will become a ‘hugely influential figure’ at Hinckley AFC.

He made five appearances for Hinckley United in 2012 whilst a young professional at Aston Villa, where he on the fringes of first team involvement and played in an FA Youth Cup Final against Chelsea.

Following his release from the Premier League club, Darious has played for the likes of Bedworth United and more recently Bromsgrove Sporting and Studley, whilst being courted by the likes of Leamington and Stourbridge.

Darious was offered a full time deal at Shrewsbury Town two seasons ago, but having settled into employment decided against a return to the professional game.

His impressive performances in the middle of the park earned him the Players’ Player of the Year award for 2015-16.