Hartlepool United with fans’ support can storm League Two

Jack Baldwin
Jack Baldwin

IF HARTLEPOOL are United they can take League Two “by storm”.

Jack Baldwin believes if the team and fans can come together it would make Pools a real force.

“Definitely,” said the 19-year-old, who admits the team are desperate to regain their League One status and recapture the imagination of the Poolie faithful.

“We need to give the supporters something to look forward to, which means good performances and good results.

“And it would be great to get a few more supporters coming back to the Vic and getting right behind us.”

Baldwin said the “positive” reaction of the Vic faithful at the end of last season was “overwhelming” and the same backing will be a key to their fortunes.

“I remember the last home game of the season against Brentford,” said the versatile defender/ midfielder.

“Considering we had been relegated on the Tuesday night, the response of the fans was overwhelming.

“If they can come back and start next season the way they treated us at the end of last one it would be fabulous.

“The way they cheered was brilliant and everyone was trying to stay positive.

“It’s the only way to go forward and we’ll be looking to take the league by storm.”

Baldwin was speaking ahead of the squad’s return to the training ground.

Pools are back at Maiden Castle in Durham for their first sessions under new boss Colin Cooper and his assistant, Craig Hignett.

“I can’t wait,” said Baldwin.”I’m looking forward to meeting them and working with them.

“It will be great to get out on the field and getting that competitive edge again.”

Baldwin has not been taking it too easy over the summer and says he’s been ticking over fitness-wise.

“We were given a fitness programme at the end of last season,” he told SportMail.

“I’ve been going to the gym and running.

“I’ve met up with some mates to play football as well a few times, nothing too serious.

“Now, I just can’t wait to get back out there.”

Pools will be put through their paces at their Durham HQ for several days before heading to the Netherlands next week for their pre-season tour.

Cooper’s side will take on two Dutch Second Division clubs, Almere City and Telstar.

The first game against Almere will be next Thursday at Sportpark het Maalwater in Heiloo.

Pools’ second match sees them face Telstar – who finished one place below Almere last season – a week on Saturday at the Tata Steel Stadium in Velsen-Zuid.