Pools have been handed a huge matchday boost with the news that midfielder Josh Laurent has this morning put pen to paper on a brand new contract with the Club.
Signed from Brentford at the end of the January transfer window, Laurent initially had to be patient for his chance in the First Team but has emerged as a key player during the current campaign.
Prior to Wednesday night, the 21-year-old had started the last eleven games in all competitions and scored his first goal during the recent home encounter with Leyton Orient.
His powerful performances in the heart of midfield have also led to speculation that clubs from higher divisions were keeping tabs on the all-action star.
However, the Club has now moved to reward him for his form and tie down the former Queens Park Rangers schemer to a longer deal at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
“It’s a big shot in the arm for us to get him signed-up on a new contract,” admitted boss Craig Hignett.
“Last year we could all see the potential he had, even though he was a bit in and out of the side but, fair play to him, he’s gone away in the summer and worked really hard to come back in great shape.
“He looked a different player from day one and he was someone we all noticed; he’s improved, he’s matured, he’s got stronger and that’s all down to him listening and working hard.
“Josh is one of those players who is really keen to learn and you can see that he’s adding bits and bobs to his game all the time.
“He certainly has the potential to play at the highest level and his improvement over such a short space of time makes it really exciting how far he could go.”