HARTLEPOOL United have put tickets on sale for their plum pre-season friendlies against Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
Pools will host Sunderland at Victoria Park on Wednesday, July 23, and Championship neighbours Boro seven days later. Both kick-off at 7.30pm.
It will be the first chance supporters will get to see new Pools signing Matthew Bates, the former Boro centre-half.
Fans can buy their tickets now from the tcket office on Clarence Road with prices fixed at just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.
Pools have announced another local friendly with boss Colin Cooper taking his team to Billingham Town on Wednesday July 16 (kick-off 7.30pm).
SportMail reported today that Cooper is looking to add another friendly on the weekend before the start of the Sky Bet League Two programme, probably on Friday, August 1.
Pools open the league programme at Stevenage on Saturday, August 9.