The draw for the group stages of the EFL Trophy will take place on Wednesday morning at 10am.
For the first time, 16 Category 1 Premier League and Championship Academy sides have been invited to join the competition.
Preston North End boss Simon Grayson will help conduct the draw which will see Pools placed in a regionalised group with one Academy team and two clubs from League One and/or League Two.
The group games will take place in the weeks commencing 29th August, 3rd October and 7th November with the top two teams progressing to the Second Round.
Details of the draw will be published on the official EFL Trophy account on a group-by-group basis starting shortly after 10am on Wednesday and we’ll have full details here on the Official Website.