Forward James Poole leaves Hartlepool United

James Poole in action against Exeter City. Picture by FRANK REID
James Poole in action against Exeter City. Picture by FRANK REID

JAMES Poole has left Hartlepool United after turning down the offer of a new contract.

The forward says he is looking for a “new challenge” after turning down the chance to stay at the Sky Bet League Two club.

“It just feels like the right time to move and try something new, but I’ll take with me some good memories of Hartlepool United,” said Poole.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here.

“The fans have been brilliant with me and the team through some difficult times and it’s been a pleasure to play in front of them both home and away.

“I’ve made some great friends at the club so I’ll continue to look out for the results and wish them all the best for the future, which I’m sure has a very good chance of being a bright one,” Poole told the club’s website.

The 24-year-old forward made a permanent move to Victoria Park in the summer of 2011 after a spell on loan at the club the previous campaign.

Poole spent three months during 2010-11 at Pools while on the books as a trainee at Manchester City.

During his Pools career, Poole turned out 113 times over four seasons, scoring 16 goals.

Last season he turned out 39 times for Colin Cooper’s side - including 14 sub appearances - scoring four goals.

Capable of scoring stunning goals, he had four strikes on the shortlist for the 2011-12 goal of the season award, before winning it outright the following season for his goal against Notts County.

Indeed Poole who was on a five-man shortlist for Mitre Goal of the Year for 2013, for that technically superb strike against County at Victoria Park in February 2013.

But Poole just missed out to Coventry City’s Franck Moussa.