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Stuart Parnaby Signs For Hartlepool United

26 June 2014

Colin Cooper has today made a second move in the transfer market to add the versatile Stuart Parnaby to his Victoria Park squad.

The 31-year-old can play anywhere across the back four or in midfield, and was a free agent following his release from a second spell at Middlesbrough at the end of last season.

The County Durham born star came through the ranks at Boro’s Academy and he went on to make more than 100 appearances for The Teessiders after making his debut in a League Cup match against Macclesfield in 2000.

He built up some senior experience with a loan spell at Halifax Town later that same season but returned to the Riverside Stadium to play a key role in their Premier League campaign of 2004/05 and in their run to the FA Cup and UEFA Cup Finals the following year.

In 2007 Parnaby opted to move on and was snapped up by Premier League new boys Birmingham City and was in the squad when they defeated Arsenal to lift the League Cup in 2011.

After making over 50 appearance for City he returned to Middlesbrough in 2012 and made a further 21 outings for the club before being freed by Aitor Karanka in the summer.

Pools boss Cooper was quick to make his move when he knew of Parnaby’s availability and he becomes the Club’s second signing of the week following the arrival of Matthew Bates on Tuesday.

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