Conor Newton looking re-find love for football after 'tough' spell at Hartlepool United

Conor Newton is looking to put a ‘tough’ spell at Hartlepool United behind him after signing for Northern League side Whickham.

Monday, 1st July 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Monday, 1st July 2019, 1:25 pm
Conor Newton warming up for Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID

The 27-year-old was released by Pools following the end of the 2018-19 campaign, with his final match for the club coming in a 2-1 defeat at Gateshead on Boxing Day.

Newton made 42 appearances in two injury-hit seasons at the Super 6 Stadium, scoring three goals.

But the midfielder is determined not to dwell on the past, and is now looking to make a fresh start in the Northern League.

“Last season wasn’t a good one so I am looking forward to starting fresh at Whickham,” the former Newcastle United youth star admitted, following his Pools exit.

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“I don’t mind saying I lost a bit of love for the game at Hartlepool and when you are a footballer at any level it becomes tough when you are not playing.

“I had injuries, and I worked hard to get back, but when I was fit, I didn’t get gametime.

“That just meant it was all a bit frustrating and it became difficult to stay in love with the game.

“We had great quality in the squad at Pools, so I am not saying I should have started ahead of this player or that player.

“But I would always back myself as a player against anyone and I have confidence in my own ability.

“When playing I am happy, and I hope that joining Whickham will give me that.

“It’s time for a fresh start and I look forward to getting things started.”

Whickham have made some ambitious signings, including Adam Bartlett and Carl Finnigan.