Hartlepol Utd hand trial to former youth player

Neale Cooper
Neale Cooper

HARTLEPOOL United are giving a trial to former youth-team player Joe Tait.

The 22-year-old was at Victoria Park between 2006 and 2009 but never made a first-team appearance.

Tait, born in Middlesbrough, completed a soccer scholarship in the USA before turning out for Dayton Dutch Lions in the USL Professional Division, winning defender of the year in 2010.

He won a deal with MLS side Philadelphia Union in September of last year but was released at the end of the season.

Tait, a central defender or midfielder, is now training with Pools at Maiden Castle having return to the UK.

Neale Cooper makes no secret of his desire to bring in new players before the end of the transfer window, although his preference is for a left-winger and striker.

Ryan Noble remains high on his wish list and Sunderland are likely to allow the forward to leave on loan before the end of August.

Meanwhile, Pools will today complete almost 800 miles of travlling in the last few days as part of a total of 9,000 miles in the 2012/13 League One campaign.

Pools had a round trip of 280 miles to Notts County on Tuesday and will travel 520 miles to Leyton Orient and back this weekend.

The gruelling total is 500 more miles to cover than last term, but still not quite as daunting as the 10,500 completed during the epic 2010/11 season.

The longest trip of the season will be to Huish Park, the home of Yeovil Town which is based an inconvenient and fuel tank draining 335 miles from Victoria Park.

Carlisle United remains the Club’s shortest journey of the campaign at just 90 miles, though relegated Doncaster Rovers is close behind at a mere 98 miles

In total, Pools will travel 9,114 miles in round trips for league games during 2012/13 after covering just 8,648 last year.