Ex-Middlesbrough trio Franks, Maloney, Mondal extend stay at Hartlepool United

Junior Mondal.
Junior Mondal.

Craig Harrison has extended the stay of three of the players who have been on trial at Hartlepool United.

The Pools boss says he hopes to finalise his permanent squad by the end of this week.

It’s a bit harsh saying these lads are on trial here, they may not want to sign for us!


Junior Mondal, who has been with Pools throughout the summer, is back training at the Racecourse in Durham, along with two other later arrivals, Jonathan Franks and Lewis Maloney.

Mondal won and converted a penalty for Pools in the 7-0 friendly win at Dunston UTS, while Maloney scored a beauty on Saturday at Whitley Bay, where Franks looked lively despite having seen little of a football in pre-season following his exit at Ross County.

Canadian U23 centre-half, Kosovar Sadiki, who played at St Johnstone and Whitley Bay, has moved on.

“I would like to bring a couple more in, without a shadow of a doubt,” he said.

“Jonathan Franks, Louis Maloney and Junior Mondal have extended their training with us.

“It didn’t quite work out with Kos and we’ve gone our separate ways.

“It’s a bit harsh saying these lads are on trial here, they may not want to sign for us!

“They are here and training, this three out of all of them are the ones who have impressed me the most.

“They are here for a bit longer and we’ll be trying to make some sort of decisions this week.”

Both Mondal and Maloney come with good football educations, having shone in the Boro Academy at Rockliffe, before being released in the summer.

Franks, while also having been a former Boro product, is best known for his time at the Vic.

Franks left Pools in 2015 after failing to agree term with then boss Ronnie Moore.

He followed in the footsteps of former Pools left-back Darren Holden by signing for Ross County, penning a two-year deal.

The Stockton-born forward joined Pools in the summer of 2012 and went on to make 143 appearances for the club, during which he found the net 16 times.