NUFC starlet Samuel Adjei impresses for Pools

Hartlepool United Reserves V Rotherham Reserves at Bedford Terrace, Billingham.
Hartlepool United Reserves V Rotherham Reserves at Bedford Terrace, Billingham.
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FORMER Sweden youth international Samuel Adjei will continue to train with Hartlepool United after impressing for the club’s reserves, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The 20-year-old – who is set to be released by Newcastle United after three years on Tyneside – caught the eye during yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to Rotherham United at Bedford Terrace.

Adjei, who can operate on either wing or as a central striker, has been on trial with Neale Cooper’s men since Monday and he is set to remain at Maiden Castle until at least early next week.

And second-string boss Micky Barron says it’s been a good week for the former Jonkopings Sodra IF starlet.

“I thought in patches yesterday he looked really bright and he’s a little bit different to anything else we have at the club already.

“We’ll just keep monitoring him and see what the manager wants to do with him.

“But I thought out of everyone he was the brightest forward player.”

Adjei was joined in the reserves by fellow trialist Steven Irwin, the former Liverpool academy midfielder.

The 21-year-old was only introduced at half-time with the club still awaiting clearance for him to feature when the game kicked off.

And he, too, will continue to train at Durham over the next couple of days.

Barron explained: “It was unfortunate because his clearance didn’t come through until five minutes into the first half.

“But he’s another who we’ve been told to have a look at and see how we get on.”