Personally I would have thought that the club could have made more of an effort to keep Darryl considering that he offered to take a pay cut but the club still said no. I also know that the Harriers manager, Steve Burr, also wanted to keep him in preference to the other two but found himself overruled by the board.
Dazzler really did love this club and moved his family to the area last season. He wanted to stay with us for a longer time but now he'll be forced to seek employment with another club.
During his time here he engendered a love hate relationship with the fans. Some were aware of his obvious talents in spotting a killer pass and leaving opposition players in his wake with a bit of trickery but others seemed unable to see that and were always looking for some kind of end product. Usually meaning that they expected him to score at least twice in every game he played.
That was never Darryl's game and he would be the first to admit it. He was never happier than to supply the crosses and score the odd goal or three.
Darryl first came to our attention when he played against us for Cambridge Utd in a League game in December 2007 that we won with a dubious Iyseden Christie goal. He shone in that game and must have impressed the former manager, Mark Yates, so much that he joined us on loan a month later and then became one of our first signings at the end of that season.
He went on to make a total of 129 appearances for the Harriers scoring 17 goals in the process and, from a personal point of view, will be hard to replace and sadly missed.
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