Luke James has handed Pools a major boost going in to the new League Two season after committing his future to the Club by signing a brand new contract at Victoria Park.
The highly-rated 19-year-old was Pools’ top marksman last season when he fired 16 goals in all competitions and he went on to win both the Players’ and the Fans’ Player of the Year awards.
Now boss Colin Cooper has moved to reward his star striker for his performances with a fresh contract, keeping the talented teenager in a Pools shirt for the foreseeable future.
James, who has been with Pools since he was just 11, burst on to the scene at the end of 2011 and became the Club’s youngest ever scorer in the league when he netted in spectacular fashion against Rochdale at The Vic in January 2012.
After battling from a couple of niggling injuries, the Amble-born forward scooped a huge honour when he was voted the Football League’s Apprentice of the Year for League One in 2012/13.
Last term was his best so far in terms of finding the net and, with any speculation over his future now resolved, he’ll be hoping to get back on the goals trail during 2014/15.
“I’m over the moon to get the new deal sorted,” James told us.
“I am just so happy and now so I want to try and concentrate on the season coming up and trying to do as well as I possibly can.
“I’m buzzing to be here and to have signed the deal so now I’m just so looking forward to the season getting started.”