Pools have completed the signing of Northern Ireland Under-21 defender Liam Donnelly following a successful trial period.
The 20-year-old put pen to paper on a deal at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium on Friday afternoon after impressing the Pools hierarchy in training and friendly action.
Donnelly, who has spent the last four years with Fulham, is most comfortable in the centre of defence or at right-back but did operate in a holding midfield role on occasions during pre-season.
Pools boss Craig Hignett had recently revealed he was looking to offer a contract to the Dungannon-born youngster and with the deal now done he has been handed squad number 33.
“Tommy Miller had seen him playing for Fulham and recommended him so we brought him up to have a look,” explained Hignett.
“He’s a competitive lad who can play in a variety of positions so that versatility was vital and he really impressed us during the games he played and in training.
“Liam is still young and he’s keen to learn and improve so he’s just the type of character we’ve looked to bring in – players who have a point to prove and are hungry.”