Former Sunderland keeper Trevor Carson looking forward to working alongside new Hartlepool coach Tony Caig

Trevor Carson
Trevor Carson

Trevor Carson can’t wait to start work with his new Hartlepool United goalkeeping coach Tony Caig.

And he comes highly recommended by Celtic, Scotland and former Sunderland stopper Craig Gordon.

Carson is set to be Ronnie Moore’s number one keeper for Pools when the League Two campaign kicks off on August 8 and he is looking forward to working closely with Caig.

Caig, who joined this summer after leaving Carlisle United, replaced Stephen Pears, who left the club earlier this year.

Carson, 27, is highly ambitious and is keen to improve his game further under Caig’s guidance.

“I have never worked with Tony before but I have heard a lot of good things about him,” the ex-Cheltenham Town keeper told SportMail.

“I was speaking to Craig Gordon and he was on a course with him and spoke very highly of his work.

“Last year at Cheltenham we just had a part-time goalie coach, who was fantastic, but I am at an age that I want to progress and want to improve.

“So to have that full-time interaction with a coach, it will really benefit me.

“That helped sell the club to me as well.

“I want to progress and play at the highest level possible and working with Tony will hopefully improve my game,” added the former Sunderland, Bury, Portsmouth and Cheltenham stopper.

Caig, 41, spent the formative years of his career with The Cumbrians, keeping goal over 300 times between 1990 and 1999 before moving on to Blackpool.

A brief spell with Charlton Athletic was followed by a two-year stint north of the border with Hibernian before he returned to the region to sign for Newcastle United in 2003.

Caig has also played in Canada for Vancouver Whitecaps and in America for Houston Dynamo before rounding-off his career back in England with Chesterfield and then non-league outfit Workington.

Pools released reserve keeper Jonny Maxted at the end of the season, while last year’s number one keeper and captain Scott Flinders’ future remains up in the air.

Flinders was not among the names on the club’s retained list and it is understood he has been offered reduced terms.