Hartlepool United miss out on transfer target as he signs deal with rivals

Scott Barrow has penned a new deal with Gateshead
Scott Barrow has penned a new deal with Gateshead

Hartlepool United have missed out on a swoop for full-back Scott Barrow.

Pools were interested in the Gateshead full-back after his impressive showings last season - which included Barrow netting a brace for the Heed in a 2-2 derby draw on Boxing Day.

Matthew Bates was thought to be keen to land the Welshman and Barrow all but confirmed that Pools had approached him over the summer.

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But the 29-year-old has now committed his future to Gateshead, penning a new one-year deal at the International Stadium despite the club reverting to a part-time model after a potential overseas takeover failed to materialise.

Speaking to Gateshead's club website, Barrow admitted that his happiness was key in his decision to stay at the club.

"The last two or three weeks have been stressful for me, and I've been talking to my family about what I was going to do," he admitted.

"I've had some unbelievable offers from different clubs, and obviously one up the road as well, but for me it was about being happy and I was settled here last year.

"I was happy here last year, and it was probably one of my best footballing seasons I've had in a long time.

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"The key was to be happy, and the gaffer staying as well was a turning point for me.

"I had a few offers - and some good offers - but with the situation the club is in at the moment, I couldn't leave.

"I wanted to give it another crack and another year. It's going to be tough, but I'll enjoy it as well."