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Teenage Star Ready For Summer Of Work

7 May 2015

Connor Smith is hoping to hit the ground running at the start of pre-season after the exciting youngster agreed his first professional deal at The Vic.

Still only 17, Smith has already made nine First Team appearances for the Club after coming through the ranks with the Academy.

Now he’s sorted out the terms of his first contract, Smith is adamant that he’s ready to show Pools fans why Ronnie Moore was keen to keep him on board.

“It’s a brilliant feeling and a great moment for me and my family who are very proud,” said the teenager, who can play out wide or up front.

“I’ve been with the Club since I was an Under 14 and this moment makes all the hard work I have put in feel worthwhile – now I know it starts again in pre-season.

“This summer is an important one for me; I need to make sure I work as hard as I can because I want to come back in and show my form on a consistent basis straight away.

“I have no holiday plans at all so I will just have a couple of weeks of rest but then my attentions will turn to making sure I am in good shape to come back in July.”

Smith showed his intentions from the off last term when he was included in the First Team squad for a pre-season training camp in the Spanish resort of La Cala.

And he has admitted that being in and around the senior players only served to increase his desire to earn a professional contract with Pools.

“I had a taste of First Team football last season and it does make you hungry for more.

“I want to play as many games as I can and hopefully keep on improving. I also want to score my first goal for the Club; I’ve had a couple of glimpses previously but the more I play hopefully the luckier I get.

“I hope the fans have already seen that I play with my heart on my sleeve and that’s what I will continue to do so hopefully it will help me catch the manager’s eye.”

With Pools securing their Football League future in dramatic fashion at the end of 2014/15, Smith is now excited at the prospect of playing his part in attempts to challenge at the top end next term.

“The end of the season was unbelievable really,” he admitted.

“After a long season and being at the bottom of the table for so long it was a massive relief for everyone connected with the Club that we got safe and all the lads have done fantastic.

“Obviously we all want to be at the other end of the table this time next year so hopefully we can come back in and get off to a good start.”

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