Hartlepool swoop to sign defender from Championship side Middlesbrough

Pools defender Harry Worley needs surgery
Pools defender Harry Worley needs surgery

Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore has completed the loan signing of Middlesbrough centre-back Adam Jackson.

The 21-year-old centre-back, who came through the ranks at the Riverside Stadium and has captained the club’s Under-21 side, joins League Two Pools on a month-long deal initially

A former England Under-18 international, Jackson was involved with Aitor Karanka’s first yeam during Boro’s pre-season campaign before spending time on loan with Coventry City in September.

Jackson has been handed shirt number 26.

And he is expected to make his Pools debut in Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Cheltenham Town at Victoria Park.

It comes as Pools have been dealt a further defensive blow with confirmation defender Harry Worley has been ruled out for twelve to fourteen weeks after being told he needs surgery to repair an ankle injury.

The summer signing from Stevenage has made just five appearances since signing in the summer. He injured his ankle during a reserve game against Burnley at the end of September.

The centre-back has been back to see a specialist on Wednesday, who confirmed that the bone bruising and ligament damage will require surgery.

Head physio Ian Gallagher said: "The initial diagnosis was made on our first visit to the consultant last month and it was hoped things would settle down between then and now.

“However, he’s had another look and told us that the inflammation within the joint is still quite severe and he will have to wait a further two weeks for that to improve before the operation can take place.

“Once he’s undergone the surgery he’ll be in a plaster cast for two weeks, then a moon boot for a further four weeks during which time we can build him up gradually with balance and general conditioning work.”