York City’s Scott Fenwick can’t wait to restore Hartlepool United derby

Scott Fenwick in action for Hartlepool United against Cambridge last season Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Fenwick in action for Hartlepool United against Cambridge last season Picture by FRANK REID

Scott Fenwick has sent a message to Hartlepool United fans: I hope to be seeing you soon.

The ex-Hartlepool United striker is thrilled to be starting a new chapter in his career - even though he has moved out of the Football League.

I liked their ambition, they have signed a lot of good players, and are looking to get back to the Football League at the first time of asking

SCOTT FENWICK

Fenwick has joined York City following their relegation and is looking to fire them straight back into League Two .

The 26-year-old was Pools’ top scorer at the end of the Great Escape and second in the goal charts last season before being released in May by boss Craig Hignett.

He told SportMail had no hesitation in becoming Minstermen manager Jackie McNamara’s 19th summer signing

Fenwick has penned a one-year deal with the option of a further season at Bootham Crescent and he can’t wait.

“I would have loved to have stayed in the Football League, but the clubs I spoke to were not offering the deals I thought were good enough,” he said. “But then York came in for me and I liked what the manager and chairman said.

“I liked their ambition, they have signed a lot of good players, and are looking to get back to the Football League at the first time of asking and they want me to lead their line and help them achieve it.

“York are a big club with a big following – it’s a nice area, a lovely place to live and play and I have friends here.

“Even though I’ve come out of the League it was a no brainer, I have a chance to play games and score goals.

“The National League is not dissimilar to League Two and if I’m through the middle I can guarantee I’ll be sniffing out chances and scoring goals.”

Fenwick said he was happy with the support he’s received from Pools fans.

“I’ve not had one bad message from Pools fans, everything has been positive.

“They took to me from day one and the great escape season I will remember forever.

“I’d like to thank them and my message to them is ‘I hope to be seeing you soon’.

“York are a great club and Pools are now without a derby so I think all Poolies will want them back in the League as soon as possible.

“I’ll be doing everything I can to help us get back straight away.”

While Fenwick struck ‘only’ six times last season, he scored some vital goals, notably the winners over Newport and Wycombe plus the vital extra-time header which set Pools on the way to an FA Cup second round replay victory over Salford City.

“Hartlepool will always be a home to me,” he said. “I’ll always be grateful to Pools for the chance to be a professional footballer after a few years out of it.

“I think my goals to starts ratio was good and I played a fair bit out wide.

“But as a footballer you’d rather be on the pitch than on the bench and I gave my all.

“It was a bit frustrating being wide than through the middle but I only have good memories of Hartlepool.”