Brad Walker has completed a move to League Two outfit Crewe Alexandra for an undisclosed fee.
Pools and The Railwaymen have agreed terms on a transfer for the midfielder and he travelled to The Alexandra Stadium on Tuesday afternoon to undergo a medical and finalise the move.
Billingham-born Walker burst on to the First Team scene at just 17 at the start of the 2013/14 campaign after starring for the Youth Team in the previous season, top-scoring from midfield.
He remained a regular in the team for much of the season and his form saw him recognised at the Football League Awards when he was named as League Two’s Apprentice of the Year.
The 21-year-old went on to score 10 goals in 123 appearances for Pools, predominantly in the centre of midfield before a switch to centre-back towards the end of last term.
“We have done everything we can to try and keep Brad at the Football Club,” admitted boss Craig Harrison.
“I met with him on more than one occasion and had some long conversations with him but it became pretty clear that he wanted to move on for a new challenge.
“He’s been at the Club for a long time but he just felt that this was an opportunity for him to put behind him the disappointment of last season by starting afresh somewhere else.
“We wish him all the best because he’s developed from a boy in to a man during his time with us so obviously he’ll be welcome back at The Vic any time.”