11 deals and counting - Hartlepool United remain in the hunt for new recruits

Hartlepool United new boy Michael Ledger.
Hartlepool United new boy Michael Ledger.

Hartlepool United’s summer business might not be over yet, with the club still in the hunt for new recruits.

Yesterday, Pools confirmed their 11th signing of a busy summer by completing a season-long loan deal for Sunderland central defender Michael Ledger.

The player is almost certain to make his Hartlepool bow this weekend, when Maidstone United are the visitors to Victoria Park, with Liam Donnelly and Louis Laing ruled out while Scott Harrison is struggling with a foot problem.

And even after having signed a whole new team, the Mail has learned that manager Craig Harrison might not be done yet.

Having got off to a very shaky start to in their quest to secure promotion back to the Football League, Pools are exploring all options to strengthen their squad.

And although nothing is imminent, Pools remain in the market for players, with another striker believed to be top of the wanted list.

Former Gateshead striker Ryan Bowman is a player who Pools retain an interest in. The 25-year-old is at Scottish Premiership side Motherwell.

Meanwhile, Black Cats loanee Ledger has spoken of his joy at finally getting his Pools move sorted.

Financial wrangling over the percentage Pools would contribute towards the 20-year-old’s wages looked like it could put the brakes on his switch, but, after days of negotiations, a deal was reached.

“I’m really excited – obviously now it’s happened and it’s official I can’t wait to get started,” he said.

“It’s been ongoing for a few weeks and now we’ve got the green light it’s all about getting in the team and playing some games.

“I am here to try and help get Hartlepool some results and also improve my games and to learn – I think this is the perfect place for me to do that.

“I have played at The Vic a couple of times in the past – I played for Sunderland here in the Checkatrade Trophy last season – so I know all about the passion of the fans so I can’t wait to be playing for them.”