Hartlepool United swoop to sign Stockport County striker Richie Bennett on loan ahead of Dagenham & Redbridge National League clash

Hartlepool United have swooped to sign Stockport County striker Richie Bennett on loan ahead of the Good Friday Dagenham & Redbridge National League clash.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 6:58 pm

Bennett arrives on a loan deal until the end of the season, though Stockport do have a recall option after 28 days.

The 6ft 4ins 30-year-old forward is available to play in the National League game against Dagenham & Redbridge on Friday.

Pools have been actively pursuing targets for a number of weeks as they look to strengthen before the April 22 registration deadline.

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Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor.
Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor.

Dave Challinor and his coaching team have been assessing players across the National League North and South after the sixth tier campaign was declared null and void and ended back in February.

Challinor said: “I am delighted to get Richie in. He is proven at this level and provides a different facet to our game.

"It has been well known that we wanted to bring a forward in and he has been one we have looked at for a while. To get the deal done is great for him and the club.”

Bennet added: “Delighted to sign for Hartlepool United This is a great opportunity for me and I want to come in and really help the team progress.

"Everyone can see how well Dave Challinor and his team have done and I am really looking forward to getting started”.

Bennett is available for tomorrow’s match-day squad and will wear the number 39.

Since 2016, Bennett has had spells with Barrow, Carlisle, Morecambe and Port Vale before signing for The Hatters for an undisclosed fee back in March 2020.

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