As the January transfer looms large at midnight tonight, The New Saints have said goodbye to one of their longest-serving stars, with two more leaving on loan.

Alex Darlington has left to join Welsh Premier League rivals Bangor City after a decade at Park Hall following the signing of Dean Ebbe and the form of Greg Draper.

He came to Saints at 19 and played his part in the club's hugely-successful period since, including Welsh premier League, Welsh Cup and League Cup titles, plus some of the biggest games in Europe.

Darlington admitted the time was right after boss Scott Ruscoe couldn't guarantee him first team football and told the club's website he was proud of his achievements.

"My time at TNS has been memorable – I’ve enjoyed it," said Darlington. "I’ve really enjoyed my time here.

"But I’ve just turned 29 and I felt it was time to move on. I’m looking forward to playing at Bangor City.

"The three goals in Europe stand out. The two at FC Midtjylland were great, of course, but the equaliser against Cliftonville was really special.”

Ruscoe added: "He’s been at the club for a long time and won everything domestically that there is to win. He’s been a fantastic goal scorer and servant to the club and I wish him all the best on his next move.”

The club has allowed three more players on a temporary basis as Robbie Parry has joined Welsh Premier League side Llandudno, while Jacob Farleigh has rejoined FC Oswestry Town and Matt Cole has gone to Gresford Athletic.

Meanwhile, Saints' search for a quadruple will have a huge obstacle in their way when they were drawn away to Connah's Quay Nomads in the last eight of the Welsh Cup. The tie will be played in the first weekend of March.