Pools have completed the signing of experienced central defender Michael Raynes on loan from Crewe Alexandra for the rest of the season.
The 31-year-old has penned a deal at The Super 6 Stadium which will see him link-up with Richard Money’s squad in time to feature at Harrogate Town on Saturday.
Manchester-born Raynes began his career with Stockport County where he went on to turn professional in 2004 and subsequently made over 150 appearances before moving on to Scunthorpe United in 2010.
Stints with Rotherham United and Oxford United followed, while he came close to joining Pools in January 2015 before Mansfield Town eventually won the race for his signature.
His next destination was Carlisle United where he played a key role as The Cumbrians made it to the League Two play-offs in 2016/17.
Raynes turned down the offer a new deal and the club captaincy at Brunton Park to sign for Crewe in May 2017 and quickly became a regular as he moved towards 400 career league appearances.
However, he has made only six outings so far this term and Alex boss David Artell was open to allowing the defender to leave on loan, which prompted Pools to make their move.
Money has made no secret of his desire to add strength at the back, particularly following the departure of Andrew Davies and Harvey Rodgers’ return to Accrington Stanley.
“Michael is a big voice, a good character and a leader,” explained the Pools boss.
“We’re young, certainly across the back, so an experienced head and someone who is going to communicate what we want on the pitch is what the team needs and that should help us for the rest of the season.
“Under normal circumstances, you wouldn’t think you could get someone like Michael in January so the moment we knew he was available we tried to make it happen pretty quickly.”
Raynes has now been handed squad number 4 and could be in line to make his debut at The CNG Stadium this weekend.