Hartlepool United link up with Finland club FC Lahti

Ronnie Moore, Russ Green, Tomi Honkenen and Gary Coxall
Ronnie Moore, Russ Green, Tomi Honkenen and Gary Coxall

Hartlepool United have opened a European link to Finland club FC Lahti.

The League Two club and their new partners, who were fifth in the Finnish top flight in 2015, are excited by the arrangement.

Lahti already has links with clubs in Holland and Brazil so they know that good things can come from such partnerships

RUSS GREEN

Pools chairman Gary Coxall and chief executive Russ Green visited Finland along with boss Ronnie Moore late last month to formalise the deal.

It is expected that players from both clubs could benefit from spells in each other’s leagues – the Finnish division, not surpringly is played from the spring to autumn so players can inter-change.

“It’s a very competitive league in Finland and we think playing in it could be very beneficial for some of our younger players,” Green told www.hartlepoolunited.co.uk.

“FC Lahti already has links with clubs in Holland and Brazil so they know that good things can come from such partnerships and we’re really excited to take this forward.”

Lahti were fifth in the 12-team Finland league, known as the Veikkausliiga, with 12 wins and 12 draws from their 33 matches.

Pools will host Lahti chairman Mika Halttunen, managing director Tomi Honkenen and head coach Toni Korkeakunnus at tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against Derby County.