Hartlepool United secure first summer signing - former Wales Under-21 international pens Pools deal

Jake Cassidy
Jake Cassidy

Hartlepool United have completed their first signing of the Craig Harrison era - landing former Wales Under-21 international Jake Cassidy.

And the Mail understands it could be the first of many for Pools over the next few days.

The 24-year-old striker joins on a free transfer, following his release from fellow National League outfit Guiseley.

Harrison swooped for the towering frontman for the second time in his career, having plucked Cassidy from relative obscurity at Llandudno Junctioon, while the Pools boss was in charge at Welsh outfit Airbus UK.

After a bright start to his career under Harrison, the forward was snapped up by Wolves.

Successful loan spells at Tranmere Rovers in League One, Notts County and Southend ensued, while he also spent a season at Oldham Athletic before dropping to the fifth tier with West Yorkshire outfit Guiseley.

He scored eight goals in the National League last term.

Harrison is hopeful of getting a number of deals done over the weekend as his rebuilds after the club's relegation from the Football League last season.