Chairman: Why Pools tore up rule book to secure stars

Ken Hodcroft

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CHAIRMAN Ken Hodcroft has revealed for the first time why Hartlepool United have tore up their rule book to secure their star players.

The Pools hierarchy moved swiftly to tie down the likes of Antony Sweeney, Scott Flinders and Peter Hartley to lengthy deals at the end of the season, rather than normal club practice of simply implementing a one-year extension option.

That meant renegotiating fresh terms with the players, and increasing wages. But Hodcroft says that the club can only benefit from securing the future of such talented individuals.

Discussing the shift in club policy in an exclusive interview with SportMail, Hodcroft said: “We thought long and hard about the long-term contracts.

“Because of the current financial situation we wanted to know what our costs would be for the next few years so we thought it was a benefit for us in terms of financial forecasting.

“We could have just exercised an option year on the majority of those players and that would have been a lot easier and cheaper.

“But we talked to the players to see if they were interested in signing new contracts for a longer period. Thankfully they all agreed and I think they like the security also.

“To get them all tied up was fantastic and all of the lads were keen to stay and sign.

“We have a core of very talented players who we were keen to keep at the club and we’re all delighted that we have done that.”

Full story in Wednesday’s Mail