Trevor Carson reveals the reasons behind decision to join Ronnie Moore’s Hartlepool revolution

New Hartlepool United signing Trevor Carson. Picture supplied by Hartlepool United.

New Hartlepool United signing Trevor Carson. Picture supplied by Hartlepool United.

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Ambitious Trevor Carson is looking forward to progressing his career at Hartlepool United after joining Ronnie Moore’s revolution.

Pools signed the 27-year-old goalkeeper - Moore’s sixth summer signing - after agreeing a deal with his former club Cheltenham Town.

I have come to progress my career and hopefully take the positive vibes from the end of last season

Trevor Carson

The 6ft stopper had a year left on his contract and Cheltenham chiefs had said they wanted some form of compensation before releasing him from their books.

Neither club have confirmed if a fee was paid but SportMail understands Cheltenham accepted Pools’ offer to pay the Northern Ireland international’s wages for June after a week of negotiations.

Carson will replace Scott Flinders, with Flinders now set to leave after six years at Victoria Park.

And the former Sunderland youth cannot wait to get started at Pools.

“I’m really pleased to get my future sorted, it had been dragging on for a few weeks,” Carson told SportMail.

“Now I can look forward to getting started at Hartlepool United and I am absolutely delighted to be here.

“I don’t want to disrespect the club by saying the location was the only factor, it wasn’t.

“This is a great club and I have never had much joy here as a player!

“I have come to progress my career and hopefully take the positive vibes from the end of last season.

“There was a lot of positivity with the club staying up and we need to build on that.”

Moore had made Carson his number one target, as first revealed by SportMail earlier this month, and he has been keeping a close eye on the early business.

Carson added: “They are all good, young, hardworking, hungry players.

“The manager is putting together a team that is hungry for success and wants to prove themselves.
“Ambitious players, that want to prove themselves.”

Carson, who didn’t want to play non-league football, was brought to Whaddon Road by then boss Mark Yates last season after his release by Bury and quickly became a fans favourite.

During a dreadful season – which ended with their relegation alongside Tranmere Rovers – Carson was the standout performer and won the supporters player of the year award with a landslide majority.

“It was devastating to be the team that suffered because of Hartlepool’s great form,” added Carson.

“The fans at Cheltenham didn’t deserve that and it is horrible to have a relegation on your CV.

“I have two on my CV yet my form personally has been really good over the last couple of years without any reward as a team.

“I am now hoping to add some team success to my own personal form.”

A move back to the North East also appealed to Carson, who started his career at Premier League neighbours Sunderland, where he spent seven years but didn’t make a first-team appearance.

His daughter lives in Newcastle with his ex-partner and he admits it is a relief to no longer have to make a long round-trip.

“Since October I was doing that journey at least twice a week and it has been hard work,” Carson revealed to SportMail.

“I can’t explain how happy I am to get a new club within half an hour of my daughter.

“It ticked all the boxes and I can concentrate fully on football.”

Carson has been on international duty as part of Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland squad and was an unused substitute in their 0-0 draw with Romania on Saturday.