Hartlepool United’s Brad Walker scoops League Two Apprentice of the Year award

Brad Walker takes a shot to score Pools second goal against Bristol Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID
Brad Walker takes a shot to score Pools second goal against Bristol Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID
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HARTLEPOOL United midfielder Brad Walker has tonight been crowned the League Two Apprentice of the Year.

The 17-year-old beat off competition from Portsmouth’s Jack Whatmough and Plymouth Argyle’s Ben Purrington.

Billingham-born Walker picked up his gong at a glitzy ceremony in London this evening and it capped off a fine weekend for the youngster.

Walker hit a stunning strike in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Bristol Rovers at The Vic which saw Pools go within three points of the play-offs.

Speaking at the awards Walker said: “It was very good to be nominated and I didn’t think I would be here to win it but I have and I’m very happy.

“It’s going well and I’d like to thank the gaffer and the club for giving me the opportunity to play.”

Walker was joined at the awards by teammate James Poole, who was on a five-man shortlist for Mitre Goal of the Year for 2013, for his technically superb strike against Notts County at Victoria Park last February.

But Poole just missed out to Coventry City’s Franck Moussa.

Meanwhile, former Pools and Bournemouth striker Steve Fletcher has been awarded The Sir Tom Finney award to mark his outstanding career.

Fletcher is the first ever recipient of the award.

* See Monday’s Hartlepool Mail for the full story and coverage from the 4-0 win over Bristol Rovers.