HARTLEPOOL UNITED SLIDESHOW: Former Middlesbrough defender Matthew Bates

HARTLEPOOL United summer signing Matthew Bates is looking to get himself fit and ready for the “new phase” of his career.

The former Middlesbrough defender has joined Pools after leaving Bradford City following a frustrating spell at the League One side.

AT WORK: Matthew Bates  training. Picture by FRANK REID

AT WORK: Matthew Bates training. Picture by FRANK REID

See Bates’ slideshow here.

The centre-half spoke top SportMail last week about how he was looking forward to enjoying his football again.

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