Ex-Sunderland winger Luke Molyneux on why he re-joined Hartlepool United
Luke Molyneux admitted his loan spell at Hartlepool United last season was a deciding factor in his return.
The former Sunderland winger appeared 16 times for Pools in what proved to be a successful loan deal during the second half of last season.
Molyneux’s displays had many Poolies resigned to losing the 21-year-old to a Football League side in 2019-20.
Molyneux revealed he had several other options from the Football League and National League – but it was his time at Pools last season which convinced him to come back on a permanent basis.
“I was always keen to come but there were other options there to consider,” he said.
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“But it was down to me being here before, it’s close to home, I know the gaffer and I know the style of play and how he wants to play. It’s mainly about playing as well and getting game time, hopefully I can get that here.
“The manager said I’d be playing and I know he likes me. I know Ged (McNamee), the assistant manager, from my time at Sunderland as well so I’m just comfortable around it and comfortable around him and I enjoyed it a lot last season so that’s what it was.
“I think if I’d signed for any other club it would have been tough as the fans wouldn’t have known who I was really.
“Here the fans know who I am and what I’m about. I know I’ve got their backing which is massive and helped sway me to make a decision.”