Hartlepool United release ex-Rangers target as winger eyes move to USA side Real Monarchs
Jack Blackford, a former target of Scottish giants Rangers, has been released from his contract at Victoria Park by mutual consent the club has announced.
The 19-year-old has left the National League outfit with immediate effect with Blackford heading to America to further his career.
The Mail understands the winger is going to train with Real Monarchs who play in the United Soccer League, the club is affiliated with Real Salt Lake and managed by Englishman Mark Briggs.
Blackford has previously had trials with Rangers.
Hartlepool-born Blackford has been on the books at Pools since he was just nine and signed professional terms with the club in April 2016, 24 hours after making his senior debut against York City.
The winger made one further first team appearance – as a substitute in the clash with Barnet towards the end of last season.
Blackford said: "I would like to thank the club because it’s been a big part of my life since I was nine-years-old.
"I am grateful for everything the club has done for me and I appreciate all the hard work that has been put in by the staff and players over the years."
A Pools statement said: "Everyone at Victoria Park would like to wish Jack all the very best for his future career."