Hartlepool United sign Sunderland youngster

New signing Jake Orrell. Picture courtesy HUFC
New signing Jake Orrell. Picture courtesy HUFC

Hartlepool United have made their second signing inside two days after bringing in teenage forward Jake Orrell.

Pools boss Craig Hignett yesterday captured goal-scoring midfielder Nicky Deverdics, from Dover Athletic.

Orrell today put pen to paper on a pro contract at Victoria Park following his transfer from League One Chesterfield.

The 18-year-old had learned his football at the Sunderland Academy before joining Gateshead in January 2015, making six substitute appearances for the Heed towards the end of the season.

Orrell enjoyed a successful trial at Chesterfield last summer and made his Spireites debut last August in a 3–1 Capital One Cup defeat against Carlisle United and played again in the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy against Rochdale.

The Sunderland born attacker went on a three-month loan to Matlock Town before being recalled by boss Danny Wilson in March.

The former Pools promotion-winning manager handed Orrell his Football League debut as an 83rd-minute sub in the 1–0 defeat at Oldham Athletic and he came on again when the Spireites beat Port Vale 4-2 in April.