Versatile star Ryan Donaldson bounced back from a frustrating first season at Pools to play a key role in the team last term, making 48 appearances in all competitions.
The former Newcastle United star even finished the season wearing the captain’s armband and his all-action displays at wing-back, midfield or even in attack have drawn plenty of praise.
He joined the Club on a permanent deal during the summer of 2017 following his release from promoted Plymouth Argyle but an ankle injury curtailed his first year in Pools colours.
However, his strong performances last year earned a new deal with the Club, where had previously made 12 appearances during a loan spell from Newcastle in League One back in 2011/2.
After a handful of senior outings for The Magpies, Donaldson was allowed to move on and made his name at Gateshead where he scored eight times in the National League during 2012/13.
That form caught the eye of Cambridge United who took the Tynesider in the summer of 2013 – it proved an inspired signing as Donaldson starred in The U’s return to the Football League, including scoring the Wembley winner in the Play-Off Final which secured their promotion.
He became a near ever-present for them in League Two in the following campaign, scoring seven goals in total – one of them against Pools.