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David Edgar Joins Hartlepool United

7 March 2019

David Edgar
New signing David Edgar

Pools have completed a swoop for Canadian international David Edgar on a deal until the end of the season.

The vastly-experienced centre-back, who has 42 caps for Canada, has been training with Pools this week and has now put pen to paper on a short-term contract.

The 31-year-old was born in Ontario but returned to England at the age of 14 when he joined Newcastle United where he graduated from the Academy to make his debut on Boxing Day 2006.

Edgar went on to make 19 First Team appearances for The Magpies before sealing a £300,000 move to Burnley in 2009 and he gained further senior experience at Turf Moor, making his Clarets debut against Pools in a League Cup tie.

The versatile defender, who can also operate in midfield, made over 100 appearances for Burnley before earning a move to Birmingham City in 2014 and also playing on loan for Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United.

By this time Edgar had become a fully-fledged Canadian international and he returned to the country of his birth to sign for Vancouver Whitecaps in 2016, moving on for spells with Nashville FC and more recently Ottawa Fury.

“David is a very good player and we’ve made this move with a view to next season as well,” Hignett told us.

“He’s got experience of international football, he’s played in the Premier League and he’s played abroad but now he’s back here and we’re really pleased to get a deal sorted.

“He’s been on trial at the number of clubs but we’re delighted to get a deal done with him because he will add that experience and quality to our defence.

Edgar, whose father Eddie played 83 times in goal for Pools in the 1970s, has been granted international clearance and will now go straight in to contention to make his debut in Saturday’s game against Dover Athletic.

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