Michael Ledger is delighted to have finally been unveiled as a Pools player after he sealed a season-long loan move from Sunderland on Wednesday afternoon.
The 20-year-old centre-back’s switch to Victoria Park has been in the pipeline for a while, with boss Craig Harrison keen to bolster his defensive options.
Ledger gained rave reviews during a loan spell with Norwegian outfit Viking Stavanger earlier this year and now he’s keen to use that experience to enjoy a similarly successful stint with Pools.
“I’m really excited - obviously now it’s happened and it’s official I can’t wait to get started,” he told us.
“It’s been ongoing for a few weeks and now we’ve got the green light it’s all about getting in the team and playing some games.
“Playing senior football is different from Under-23s and Reserve Team football but I have been out on loan before so I know how demanding it can be so I will be ready when I am asked to step in.”
Ledger has been so keen to get started that he’s been in attendance at the last two home games and even went along with the team to watch Monday’s win at Guiseley.
Now he’s ready to pull his boots on and do his bit for the cause as Harrison’s men look to build on the victory at Nethermoor Park and start climbing the National League table.
“As soon as I heard of the interest I wanted to sign. It’s a local team and a bit closer to home than my last loan move – I won’t need to get a flight this time!” he laughed.
“I am here to try and help get Hartlepool some results and also improve my games and to learn – I think this is the perfect place for me to do that.
“I have played at The Vic a couple of times in the past – I played for Sunderland here in the Checkatrade Trophy last season – so I know all about the passion of the fans so I can’t wait to be playing for them.
“I have spoken to the Manager and he seems really good and has been keen for me to sign so that means a lot when you know that he really wants me to be here.
“I know a few of the players in the squad too so that will help me settle in but I know there a lot of north-east lads here so I know I will fit straight in.”