Hartlepool United chairman Ken Hodcroft explains how he will keep club’s star players

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CHAIRMAN Ken Hodcroft has revealed for the first time why Hartlepool United tore up their rule book to secure their star players.

The Pools hierarchy moved swiftly to tie down the likes of Antony Sweeney, Scott Flinders and Peter Hartley to lengthy deals at the end of the season, rather than normal club practice of simply implementing a one-year extension option.

That meant renegotiating fresh terms with the players, and increasing wages. But Hodcroft says that the club can only benefit from securing the future of such talented individuals.

Discussing the shift in club policy in an exclusive interview with SportMail, Hodcroft said: “We thought long and hard about the long-term contracts.

“Because of the current financial situation we wanted to know what our costs would be for the next few years so we thought it was a benefit for us in terms of financial forecasting.”

Read Ken Hodcroft’s comments in full in today’s Mail.