Ex-Hartlepool defender Neil Austin hails ‘the most loyal’ supporters in the country

Neil Austin in action for Hartlepool United against Newport County
Neil Austin in action for Hartlepool United against Newport County

Hartlepool United have confirmed Neil Austin has left the club - with the defender hailing the club’s loyal fanbase as the best in the country.

SportMail revealed earlier this week the League Two side hadn’t heard from the defender since offering him reduced terms.

And it has now been confirmed he is looking for a new club after leaving Victoria Park.

The 32-year-old has spent the last six seasons with Pools after arriving from Darlington in 2009 but he is moving on after rejecting reduced terms at Pools.

Austin, who played 50 games last campaign, has praised the club’s fanbase for their support.

“I would like to thank the fans for their support during the time I have been here and for their loyalty,” Austin told the club’s official website.

“To go through what they have been through over the last three years and still keep coming in their numbers is amazing.

“Away from home the support has been incredible too and I have to say I think you will struggle to find more loyal fans anywhere in the country so I wish them all the best.”

The former Barnsley and Darlington defender - who signed from rivals Darlington - made 248 appearances for Pools, scoring 12 goals. He was crowned Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Year during his maiden campaign.

Manager Ronnie Moore wished Austin well, adding: “A lot of the players that have gone have been fantastic servants for the club.”