Pools boss lands midfield star from Plymouth ArgylePools have this afternoon completed the signing of Simon Walton after he was released from his contract by League Two side Plymouth Argyle.
The 24-year-old midfielder has agreed a deal to become Neale Cooper's second signing of the summer, following the arrival of Middlesbrough winger Jonathan Franks.
Walton began his career with hometown club Leeds United and broke in to the side at just 17 when he made his First Team debut against Derby County in August 2004.
Charlton Athletic paid an initial £500,000 to take him to The Valley in the summer of 2006 and then moved on again two years later to Queens Park Rangers in a £200,000 deal.
Injury frustrated him during his spell at Loftus Road though he did get more football under his belt during a loan period with Championship rivals Hull City in 2008.
Plymouth moved in for the tough-tackling schemer during that summer and took him to Home Park for what had the potential to be a club record fee.
While he initially struggled to earn a regular place in the side, he made his mark towards the end of the 2010/11 campaign and went on to thrive when handed the captain's armband last term and finished the season as top scorer.
With the Pilgrims struggling with financial problems, Walton agreed to a salary cut to play his part in helping the Club to survive until a new owner could be found.
At 6ft 1ins, Walton is physically prepared for the rigours of League One football but can also pick a pass and control the game from midfield - something boss Neale Cooper has been keen to add to his squad since the end of last season.