Another blow for Hartlepool as defender quits club

Sunderland defender Michael Ledger is set to sign a two-year deal with Norwegian side Notodden FK.

Wednesday, 7th March 2018, 4:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th March 2018, 4:15 pm
Michael Ledger.
Michael Ledger.

The 20-year-old has been on loan at National League side Hartlepool United but that has been cut short with the defender set to move to Norway in a permanent deal.

Ledger, who has been hampered with injuries since joining Pools, made 11 appearances for Pools, who are struggling on and off the pitch with administration a real threat unless new owners and investment can be secured.

Notodden FK, promoted last season, play in the Obos-Ligaen, the second tier in Norway and Ledger will come up against his former club Viking, who were relegated last season.

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Ledger is in Norway having completed the formalities of his deal and the move is expected to be announced imminently.

The centre-back will sign a two-year contract.

Ledger joined Viking on loan last January, in a bid to broaden his football horizons and boost his chances of first-team football at Sunderland.

The promising centre-back played every minute for Viking Stavanger in the Norwegian top flight during his 13-game spell, catching the eye of scouts.

Ledger impressed Viking boss Ian Burchnall during his loan spell, which saw him play 1,170 first-team minutes in a struggling side.

On his return to Wearside, Ledger then moved out on loan again, this time to Pools.

Ledger, reflecting on his first spell in Norway, said last October: “The standard of football was good, it was really professional. We struggled a bit with a young team, but, looking back, that was a good thing for me – I learned the hard way.

“There was some challenging times, but those challenges make you stronger. I learned an awful lot and am now reaping the rewards.”