Ben Pollock put pen to paper on his first professional contract with Pools on Tuesday and then immediately turned his attentions to the hard work ahead.
The former Newcastle United scholar was delighted to sign-up to Craig Hignett’s squad after impressing during a trial period with the Club at the end of last season.
“Once the contracts were decided at Newcastle, I got a call asking me to come down to the Club on trial,” Pollock explains.
“I did the first session and I really enjoyed it and wanted to stay and see what the Gaffer had to say about me.
“I played a few games and the Gaffer was happy with me and I am just really happy to stay.
“I have grown up with some of the lads from the Youth Team and I found it really easy to fit in. The senior players have all been really good and made me feel welcome as well.
“It’s a dream come true to sign a professional deal. When you start playing at the age of 4 or 5, it’s a dream to play professional football and to get it done and finalised is spot on.
“I just want to get started now. Obviously my aim is to get into the First Team but I know I need to catch the Gaffer’s eye and push on from there.”
Asked if he would describe himself as a ball-playing defender and Pollock is in agreement.
“I’d like to think so. I wouldn’t want to be a centre half that just lumps it. If it is on, I would like to start from the back. I enjoy being on the ball.
“I have played in midfield so I am comfortable on the ball. If I can, I like to get on it and start playing it.”
When he came to the Club to sign his contract, Pollock brought along his father Jamie – a former Middlesbrough teammate of Manager Hignett.
And Pollock junior reveals that his father has played an important role in his career to date.
“He’s been there for every game throughout my career. We always discuss games and look at how I can get better and make the next step up. We are both very excited about this move.
“We’ve got a bit of time now to chill but then it will be about working really hard to come into pre-season and hit the ground running.”