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Pools Complete Harewood Swoop

13 January 2014

Colin Cooper has today added to his attacking options with the capture of experienced striker Marlon Harewood.

The 34-year-old had been a free agent since his release from Bristol City a fortnight ago and Cooper has moved quickly to add his former Nottingham Forest team-mate to the squad at Victoria Park.

The Pools boss has been keen to add a different dimension to his strike force and the arrival of Harewood will offer a greater physical presence in the final third.

Harewood came through the ranks at The City Ground and went on to play almost 200 games for the club, during which he scored over 50 times.

In November 2003 West Ham United paid £500,000 for his services and he went on to top score with 23 goals as The Hammers won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

He continued his fine form back in the top flight in the following campaign, scoring fourteen times including a hat-trick against Aston Villa and the winner in the FA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough.

Harewood’s eye-catching performances persuaded Villa to spend £4million on him in the summer of 2007 though his chances were limited at Villa Park and he was loaned out to Wolves and Newcastle United.

Since 2010 he has played Championship football for Blackpool, Barnsley and Forest and also spent six months helping Chinese side Guangzhou R&F to promotion to the top division before returning to England to join Bristol City last summer.

He made seventeen appearances for The Robins earlier this season but a change in management meant his opportunities became limited and he was allowed to move on.

Harewood has been handed the number 9 shirt at Victoria Park and will go straight in to contention for Saturday’s game at Fleetwood Town.

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