Hartlepool United haven’t heard from Neil Austin since contract offer

Neil Austin in action for Hartlepool United
Neil Austin in action for Hartlepool United

Hartlepool United have not heard from out-of-contract Neil Austin since offering him reduced terms, confirmed Ronnie Moore.

And the Pools boss says the League Two side have now “moved on” before wishing the 32-year-old well for the future.

Austin joined in 2009 and has spent the past six seasons at Victoria Park but last season’s finale at Carlisle United is set to be his last in Pools colours.

He was one of four players offered reduced terms at the end of the season, Matthew Bates signed a new deal but Jonathan Franks moved to Ross County and Scott Flinders signed for York City.

Austin, a former Barnsley and Darlington defender, is comfortable at right and left-back and has also played in central defence for Pools. In total he has made 247 appearances for Pools, scoring 12 goals.

When asked whether Austin had left the club, Moore told SportMail: “We have heard nothing from Ozzy at all.

“The offer was made to him and it was down to him to come back and let us know.

“We surmise. We have not heard a thing so we have moved on.

“We’d like to wish him luck.

“A lot of the players that have gone have been fantastic servants for the football club and we would like to wish them well in the future,” added Moore, who is set to sign an improved, longer term contact with Pools.

Moore was speaking at the club’s Maiden Castle training base on day two of pre-season, with the players again being put through their paces.

All seven of the club’s new signings were there, while former defender Stuart Parnaby - released at the end of last season - is also training with Pools to maintain his fitness.