As a player, Woolston represented England at youth level after coming through the ranks at Sunderland and Newcastle United. He was the Magpies' third-choice keeper as they won the Championship during the 2016/17 season.
He gained senior experience on loan at Gateshead, Darlington, Blyth Spartans and South Shields before earning a dream move to Manchester United in 2018. He spent four years at Old Trafford, playing for their U23s and training with the first team, before being forced to retire due to injury.
Woolston has gained great experience having worked with former international goalkeepers in David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Tom Heaton, Dean Henderson and Rob Elliot during his career.
The 25-year-old, who also coaches in the Middlesbrough academy, has assisted Pools' coaching staff over the last few weeks and now formally joins the Club under Kevin Phillips.
On joining Pools, Woolston stated:
“I’m pleased to be at the Club and I’m looking forward to it. So far the goalkeepers, both at senior and academy level, have been great to work with and their attitudes have been excellent. Hopefully we can get a few more clean sheets and results in the coming weeks.”
Hartlepool United Head Coach, Kevin Phillips, added:
“I’m really pleased that we are able to secure Paul to the football staff. As a team we have struggled to keep clean sheets and conceded too many in the first half of the season. Paul has an excellent track record, and with his experience, will undoubtedly help us as we look to improve and sure up at the back.”