Date of birth
Experienced goalkeeper Scott Loach arrived at Victoria Park as Craig Harrison’s fourth summer signing in June 2017 following his release from Notts County.
Loach had spent the previous two seasons on the books at Meadow Lane but gained National League experience during an impressive loan spell with York City towards the end of the 2016/17.
A junior with Ipswich Town, he began his professional career at Lincoln City in 2004 and went on to build senior experience with a succession of loan moves.
However, in 2006 his potential was spotted by Watford and he was nurtured through the ranks at Vicarage Road before making his Hornets debut at the start of the 2007/08 campaign.
Loach went on to make over 150 appearances for Watford during which his form earned by England recognition at Under-21 level and a call-up to full international squads during the qualification for Euro 2012.
After spells at Ipwich and Rotherham United in the years that followed, he then signed for Notts County in 2015 but was lured to Victoria Park in the summer of 2017 in what proved to be an inspired piece of business.
The highly-rated keeper had an outstanding debut season in Pools colours, underlined when he was voted as both Players’ and Supporters’ Player of the Year for 2017/18.