Defender keen to repay Hartlepool United's faith

Pools' new boy Myles Anderson.
Pools' new boy Myles Anderson.

Myles Anderson is keen to repay Hartlepool United’s faith by hitting the ground running next season.

Signing players from part-time clubs and expecting them to be able to perform immediately at a full-time club has its pitfalls, as Pools are all too aware.

The signing of Luke George last summer was seen as the answer to all of Craig Harrison’s problems.

A player with character off the park and bite on it, he was just what Pools had been missing when the club dropped out of the Football League for this first time in their history.

But one major factor was overlooked in this signing.

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Luke George.

Luke George.

While the Scouser was everything Harrison and his coaches expected - hard-working, a leader, would run through a brick wall for the cause - his body could not cope with full-time training regimes.

It is OK patching your body up to train twice a week and then play on a Saturday, it is a whole different ball game having to train every day and at the intensity required.

In fact, George, while at Chester, did not train at all some weeks. He was allowed time to nurse his way to health from the rigours of the game the week before to make sure he was fit to walk his team out on a Saturday.

It was this kind of time he was never going to be allowed at Victoria Park.

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Anderson, also coming from part-time football at Chester, knows he has to make sure he does not suffer the same fate as George, who was told the club would not be taking up the option of extending his deal for another year recently.

And he’s determined to prove his worth to Pools, especially after they gave him the security of a contract so early in the National League summer.

“As players at this level it can be very difficult,” revealed Anderson, who come pre-season will have turned out for 13 clubs in a career that has taken him from Aberdeen to the Premier League then to football in Italy’s Serie C2.

“Most of the time you are signing a one-year contract here, a one-year contract there, sometimes with an option, normally in favour of the club.

“My contract at Chester ended at the end of last season - so it is a little bit of an anxious time for a player.

“I had a situation a few season ago when I was meant to sign for one club but it didn’t happen. That left me still looking for a club in October.

“So to get things done so soon here is good.

“It gives me the chance to go away prepare mentally and physically, have some time to myself to chill out and relax.

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“But at least I now know I have got a purpose.

“I have now got something to work towards.

“I like to be in good condition when I come back. It is an exciting project.

“I will take some time to chill. Then I will start working step by step to hit the ground running.”

When he put pen to paper, manager Matthew Bates said: “Myles can play in a number of positions and he ticks all the boxes for us; I want to recruit players who can fit in to different formations and Myles can certainly do that.”