Craig Hignett hails 'outstanding' Hartlepool defender and explains key improvement

Kenton Richardson has played more minutes than anyone else this pre-season – with Craig Hignett hailing the ‘outstanding’ prospect.

Tuesday, 23rd July 2019, 7:00 am
Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett.

Richardson has been a standout performer for Pools in a busy pre-season schedule, with the National League set to kick-off a week on Saturday.

His form has not gone unnoticed by Pools boss Craig Hignett, who has heaped praise on the attacking fullback following a star showing in the 4-2 win over Sheffield United U23s.

The 20-year-old has played a total of 384 minutes so far, with goalkeeper Ben Killip the nearest to him with 354 minutes on the pitch this summer.

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His attacking instinct catches the eye but Hignett has also highlighted another change in him this summer that he is reaping the rewards of - his added aggression.

Hignett said: “I thought Kenton Richardson was outstanding, I think that’s the best I’ve ever seen him play and look.

“He looks like a real man and he’s got a bit bigger and he looks like he’s filled out a bit, athletically he’s always been fantastic and he looks like he’s got a little bit more aggression about his game as well so I was really pleased for him.”

Richardson has also won praise from our Pools writer Dominic Scurr.

After the win over Sheffield United’s U23s, Scurr wrote: “An excellent attacking outlet for Pools down the right. Looks to be developing into a real physical presence too.”

Most comfortable at right-back, he is also a useful outlet further up the pitch for Pools too.