Pools new boy Nathan Luscombe in fitness pledge

Nathan Luscombe signs for Hartlepool United.
Nathan Luscombe signs for Hartlepool United.
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NATHAN Luscombe has vowed to return to pre-season training two weeks before his new Pools team-mates this summer.

The 21-year-old won a Pools contract last week following his release by Premier League Sunderland.

And, having been plagued by injury problems during the past two seasons, Luscombe is determined to hit the ground running next term.

“I can still get fitter than I am now,” he told SportMail,

“And that’s why I’ll be coming back in a couple of weeks before the rest of the lads in pre-season.

“I’ll have a little break, because that can be just as important.

“But I’ll be training early because I need to prove myself to the lads and the manager.

“I’ve been hindered by two knee injuries over the past couple of years but I’m over them now and feel strong.

“But it’s a 46-game season in League One and I’ve only been used to playing 20-odd games in the reserve league.

“I’ll be up against some big units and I don’t want to get bullied or run out of steam in games.

“That’s why I’ll be in working my socks off to get ready for that challenge.

“I want to have an advantage over the other players because I’ve still got to earn a place in the side.”

Read the full story in Tuesday’s SportMail ..