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Carl Magnay




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Northern Ireland

The versatile Geordie joined Pools in the summer of 2015 after starring in Grimsby Town’s run to the National League Play-Off Final in 2014/15.

The former Chelsea starlet scooped a host of awards at the end of the Mariners’ season as they finished third in the table only to lose out on promotion at Wembley.

While Magnay began and ended his first season at Victoria Park in the right-back role, he also showed the capability to operate in defensive midfield when required.

Although Magnay came through the ranks at Leeds United’s Academy, his big break in professional football came when he earned a contract at Chelsea after winning the second series of Sky One’s Football Icon show in 2007.

The Gateshead-born star went on to spend five years on the books at Stamford Bridge, during which time he gained senior experience with loan spells at MK Dons and Northampton Town while he also appeared for Northern Ireland Under-21s in 2009.

A serious knee injury brought his time with Chelsea to an end but he fought back to fitness and won a deal with hometown club Gateshead in January 2012 and he went on to spend two-and-a-half years with The Tynesiders before moving to Grimsby.

Several clubs monitored his situation when it was rumoured he was leaving Blundell Park but it was Pools who moved quickest and won the race for his signature.

After enjoying a solid first season at The Vic, playing in both defence and midfield, Magnay suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in September 2016 but returned ahead of schedule before being named as Club Captain for the 2017/18 campaign.