Craig Hignett has continued his recruitment drive by snapping up tough-tackling young midfielder Adam Bale on a permanent deal following his release from Sunderland.
The 20-year-old starlet has signed a contract until the end of next season after impressing during a trial with Pools last month when he trained with the squad and played in a behind-closed-doors game at Middlesbrough.
Aggressive in the challenge but also composed on the ball and blessed with a great passing range, Bale has battled back from a serious knee injury to become a regular in Sunderland’s Under 23s this term, captaining the team on occasions.
Pools First Team Coach Ged McNamee – a former Academy Manager at Sunderland - has always kept an eye on Bale’s progress since signing him for The Black Cats as a 12-year-old and played a key role in bringing him to The Super 6 Stadium.
“I got the chance to train with the squad for two weeks and I played in a game too and it was something I really enjoyed,” explained Bale.
“I then got a phone call to say there was an opportunity to sign for Hartlepool and I was buzzing straight away and so were my family when I told them about it.
“It was good to train and be alongside the senior players and I’ve also known Luke Molyneux well for years so it helped having him around too – that will definitely help me settle in now.
“I want to come here and really develop my game and help the Club achieve success. I saw what good players there are when I came in to training so hopefully we can really push on.”
The youngster has been handed squad number 26 and will now link-up with his new Pools teammates at training on Monday morning.