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Young front man Marcus Dinanga joined Pools on a season-long loan deal from Burton Albion in July.
The 21-year-old hotshot has proved himself at a lower level over the last couple of seasons with loan spells at Matlock Town and AFC Telford United.
An Albion Academy graduate, Dinanga fired an impressive 34 goals for Matlock in the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division in 2016/17 before finding the net 25 times in the National League North for Telford last term.
Those performances earned him a contract extension at The Pirelli Stadium but Manager Nigel Clough was keen for him to gain further senior experience with another loan stint away from Staffordshire.
Pools boss Bates had long kept tabs on Dinanga’s availability and had been in regular communication with Burton during the summer before sealing the deal to bring the youngster to The Vic.