Darren joined the rovers in July 1995 from Torquay United for a then club record fee of £62,500. The size of the fee for the 21 year old central defender may have initially raised a few eyebrows but from the minute he made his debut in a Rovers shirt on the opening day of the 1995-96 season against Scarborough, it was clear he represented supreme value for money.
He quickly established himself as the rock which that Rovers side was built on and was superb in the middle of defence throughout a season in which Rovers should have at least made the playoffs, but not for the first time, missed out following a poor second half to the season. Darren never suffered with these inconsistencies himself however enjoying a great season on the pitch picking up the supporters player of the year award. Nicknamed ‘Bruno’ due to his likeness to the heavyweight boxer, Darren’s imposing physical stature must have been enough to put some strikers off their game before a ball was kicked. Virtually unbeatable in the air, the big man was surprisingly spritely across the turf too, regularly marauding forward with the ball at his feet. He was big, strong and quick, with good distribution skills, a towering powerful defender who always gave 100% in a Rovers shirt. He quickly becoming a favourite with the fans, though it was clear he was always destined to play at a higher level.
His second season with the club went the same way as the first with Darren outstanding (once again winning the player of the year) but the clubs league position not matching his own personal endeavours and with the club in deep financial trouble, it was clear he had to move on.
Bradford City won the race for his signature, with the £310,000 fee being set by a tribunal, but once again breaking the clubs transfer record. He went on to become a key component at Valley Parade in the side which won promotion to the Premier League and subsequently joined Portsmouth before heading to the Midlands where he enjoyed a hugely successful spell with West Brom where he again helped a team gain promotion to the top flight and subsequently made a number of Premier League appearances as the club yo-yoed around the division. He moved to Derby, who provided him with his fourth promotion to the countries elite division before joining Barnsley and then Burton Albion.
Darren is active within his role in the Christian Charity Faith and Football and in 2006 walked the Great Wall of China with friend and follow professional footballer Linvoy Primus in order to raise money for children’s causes.
He has enjoyed a superb career, playing in the Premier League, he became a full International with Jamaica and his quality is shown by the amount of money clubs have paid out for his services, with around £2 million amassed in cumulative transfer fees during a career which has accrued over 500 league appearances. He made a total of 76 league appearances for the Rovers and scored 4 goals.