MICK Wadsworth is adamant that James Poole is ready to be hurled straight into the rough and tumble of League One life.
The 21-year-old, who signed for Pools last month, has only ever made 15 senior starts during his fledgling career having progressed through the ranks at the esteemed Manchester City youth academy.
That being the case, it was perhaps expected that Poole would be eased into the rigours of third-tier football.
But Wadsworth told SportMail today that he has no qualms about starting with the striker come the opening game of the season at Milton Keynes Dons.
“If he’s playing in the first game of the season on August 6 then I’ll have no problem with that and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case,” said the Pools boss who first brought the youngster to Victoria Park during a loan spell last season.
“It’s up to him to earn that place because we’re hoping to have a bit of competition up front this season.
“But he’s the sort of lad who will thrive on that challenge and I’m very much looking forward to working with him again.”
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