SCOTT Flinders had no hesitation in committing his future to Hartlepool United – such was the club’s desire to keep him at Victoria Park.
The 24-year-old, who penned a new long-term deal last month, admits that never before in his career has he felt “so wanted” by his employers.
Even when Crystal Palace forked out a massive £1million for his services in 2006, the goalkeeper was ill at ease with his role as an understudy, especially being a teenager thrust into London life.
Loan spells followed at several lower-league outposts in England and Scotland, but it wasn’t until his 2009 switch to Pools that Flinders really began to flourish.
So much so the Barnsley-born stopper is happy to call the North -East “home”, especially since the arrival of son Jacob last month.
That is why when the Pools hierarchy proposed a new improved contract with an extended term, Flinders was more than happy to sign on the dotted line.
“As soon as I knew the club wanted to get me on board with a long-term deal I didn’t have to think twice,” he told SportMail.
“Especially with my family to think about it’s nice to have security and we feel at home here.
“This is the happiest I’ve been in my career so far. I just felt so wanted by the club that I was never in any doubt about signing the new deal.
“I’ve had a fantastic two years here and the future is looking very exciting as well.”
Full story in Thursday’s Mail