Ex-Middlesbrough defender signs for Hartlepool

Mark Kitching in action for Rochdale against Spurs.
Mark Kitching in action for Rochdale against Spurs.

Pools boss Matthew Bates sealed his sixth signing of the summer with young defender Mark Kitching agreeing a deal at Victoria Park.

The 22-year-old from Guisborough came through the ranks at Middlesbrough’s Academy and had a loan spell at York City before moving on to League One Rochdale last January following a successful loan spell.

He played 18 times for Rochdale last season and scored two goals, but was released at the end of the season.

The 6’2” defender is a left-back, but he is also capable of playing in a more advanced role, and will give Bates more options in his squad.

“Kitch is a great lad with a good pedigree,” said Bates.

“He is a strong and athletic player who has a brilliant left foot and can play in a number of different positions so he’s another one we’re excited about bringing to the cub.

“We’ve brought in some experience this summer and in Kitch we’ve got someone who is young and ambitious but with a good number of games at League One level under his belt too.”

Kitching’s arrival takes the number of new recruits this summer to six following the signings of Myles Anderson, Andrew Davies, Paddy McLaughlin, Niko Muir and Liam Noble.