Colin Cooper makes Jack Compton his first Hartlepool United signing

GOOD LEFT FOOT: Jack Compton

GOOD LEFT FOOT: Jack Compton

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COLIN Cooper has made winger Jack Compton his first signing at Hartlepool United.

The 24-year-old, who plays primarily down the left side, was released by Colchester United and has now been snapped up by Cooper.

Compton has passed his medical and today completed the formalities of his transfer, signing a one-year contract.

The Cardiff-born midfielder has been a much-travelled figure in his career to date.

A Portsmouth Academy product, he started his professional career as a teenager with West Bromwich Albion, but made no appearances for the Baggies.

Compton spent spells with non-league outfits Weymouth, Lewes Havant & Waterlooville and Weston-Super-Mare before playing, briefly, at Brighton & Hove Albion.

His career picked up in 2010 when he joined Falkirk.

Over the last three years, he has made 73 appearances in the Scottish and English leagues with Falkirk, Bradford, St Johnstone, Portsmouth and Colchester.

Cooper was impressed by Compton during his loan stint at Bradford City at the start of the 2011-12 season when Coops was in temporary charge of the Bantams.

Compton met up with his new team-mates for the first time this morning when they reported back for pre-season training.