Ex-Pools keeper reveals why he thinks Trevor Carson will be a Hartlepool success story

New Hartlepool United signing Trevor Carson with chief executive Russ Green. Picture courtesy of HUFC.
New Hartlepool United signing Trevor Carson with chief executive Russ Green. Picture courtesy of HUFC.

Trevor Carson has been backed to do the business in goal for Hartlepool United - by his former mentor.

Carson played under ex-Pools stopper Anthony Williams during spells at Bury and Portsmouth and the Welshman believes the League Two side have pulled off a “shrewd” transfer.

Trevor is very dominant and is a very strong character in the dressing room

Anthony Williams

The 27-year-old goalkeeper became Ronnie Moore’s sixth summer signing after Pools agreed a deal with his former club Cheltenham Town.

And Williams is expecting big things from Carson, who he describes as an “extremely athletic” keeper who can kick the ball for miles.

Williams is well placed to comment on the latest player to keep goal for Pools, with the former Wales U23 stopper having spent four years at the club, making 146 appearances.

Williams was goalkeeping coach at Bury before being named assistant manager at Crawley Town and Portsmouth, working under ex-Pools striker Richie Barker at all three clubs.

Williams told SportMail: “We took Trevor on loan [from Sunderland] to Bury, who then signed him, and then we moved to Portsmouth and he was on loan at Portsmouth at the time too, following our recommendation.

“I have known him for quite a while and he is going to be a very good signing for Pools.

“Trevor is very dominant and is a very strong character in the dressing room.

“He has been in the North East before when he was playing for Sunderland and he will be pleased to be back up here,” added Williams, who keeps in touch with Carson.

Describing Carson’s main attributes, Williams said: “Trevor is extremely athletic, very well conditioned and can kick the ball very far - for miles!

“He can get out of difficult situations with his kicking and he makes unbelievable saves at times too.

“Trevor will be a very shrewd acquisition.

“Also, Trevor’s time away with the Northern Ireland international team can only help him and the club too.

“He has a lot of experience and games under his belt and he did very well for us at Bury.”

His new club struggled against relegation all of last season before eventually sealing their Football League status with a game to go.

Williams is hoping his former side enjoy a more successful campaign this time round.

“I keep tabs on Pools, I played a lot of games for the club and I obviously like to see them do well,” added Williams, who is currently working as a scout for Stoke while working towards completing his UEFA A licence coaching qualifications.

He had the chance to become an assistant manager for a team in Bangalore, India, but turned it down to be closer to home.

Williams, who played for a raft of clubs including Blackburn Rovers, Grimsby and Wrexham during a 15-year career, wants to get back into football in a full-time capacity, when the right opportunity arises.