Ronnie Moore signs former Chelsea and Stevenage defender Harry Worley for Hartlepool United

Harry Worley (right) in action at Newport County at Northampton

Harry Worley (right) in action at Newport County at Northampton

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Ronnie Moore has pulled off his fourth signing of the summer after capturing highly-rated defender Harry Worley.

The giant defender was released by Stevenage after an injury-ruined season and Moore acted quickly to bring the 26-year-old to Victoria Park.

Worley played the opening three games at Stevenage last season, only for the centre-half to suffer an anterior cruciate ligament against Southend United in August.

A long rehabilitation followed but he returned before the end of the season, playing a reserve-team game and an hour of the final League Two match against Luton Town.

Worley, who once had a game for Pools Reseeves during Chris Turner’s spell in charge at the Vic, is now fully fit and relishing the start of pre-season training at the end of this month.

He began his career at Stockport County before a dream £150,000 move took him to Chelsea in 2006.

The 6ft 4in Warrington-born player spent two seasons at Stamford Bridge which included loan spells at Doncaster Rovers, Carlisle United and Leicester City.

After joining Leicester on a permanent basis in 2008, he had further loan stints at Luton Town and Crewe Alexandra, before moves to Oxford United and Newport County.

Worley follows strikers Rakish Bingham and Rhys Oates and centre-half Carl Mangnay through the entrance door at the Vic as Moore builds an exciting new and young squad.