Hartlepool swoop to sign Northern Ireland goalkeeper Trevor Carson from Cheltenham

New Hartlepool signing Trevor Carson
New Hartlepool signing Trevor Carson

Ronnie Moore has made ex-Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Trevor Carson his SIXTH signing of the summer.

A deal has been agreed to bring the 27-year-old stopper to Victoria Park, with the Northern Ireland international replacing outgoing Scott Flinders, as first revealed by SportMail earlier this month.

He had another year on his contract at relegated Cheltenham but a deal has been struck for Carson to sign for Pools and remain in the Football League.

Carson, who didn’t want to play in the National League, was brought to Whaddon Road by then boss Mark Yates in July last season after his release by Bury and quickly became a fans favourite.

During a dreadful season – which ended with their relegation alongside Tranmere Rovers – Carson was the standout performer and won the supporters player of the year award with a landslide majority.

A move back to the North East also appealed to transfer-listed Carson, who started his career at Premier League neighbours Sunderland, where he spent seven years but didn’t make a first-team appearance.

Carson has been on international duty as part of Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland squad the last couple of weeks and was an unused substitute in their 0-0 draw with Romania on Saturday.

That result kept the Irish second in Euro 2016 Qualifying Group F.