Hartlepool United have competition for places throughout the squad which is a welcome headache for Craig Hignett.
And one of the club’s younger players gave a reminder at Livingston that he is in the midfield mix.
He’s had a good pre-season and worked hard over the summer and he deserves his chance.CRAIG HIGNETT
Kieran Green came on for the final 20 minutes and provided a positive impact for the side.
The 19-year-old, who came on for Nicky Featherstone, was constantly on the front foot against the Scottish League One team.
Green almost got fellow sub Padraig Amond through with a delightful pass while he brought a fine save out of Livi keeper Liam Kelly late on.
“I’m really pleased with him,” said Hignett.
“He had a couple of inujries last season so we didn’t see that much of him.
“But he’s had a good pre-season and worked hard over the summer and he deserves his chance.
“He’s been with us all the way through pre-season, you can see why.
“He’s a young player who still has a lot to learn but he has got quality.”
Green will feature in tomorrow night’s friendlies at Seaham Red Star and Guisborough Town.
So too will Scott Harrison and Liam Donnelly, the two defenders currently on trial.
Harrison played the second half at Livingston, while Donnelly, released by Fulham in the summer, got through a full 90.
The 20-year-old played at centre-half alongside Toto Nsiala in the first period and operated at right-back after the interval.
“I was pleased with Scotty and Liam looks accomplished for a young lad,” Hignett told SportMail.
“Scotty can do the whole pre-season with us and then we can see where we are with him and Liam has one more week.
“They’ll both get 90 minutes tomorrow and I think it’s important we get a proper look at them.”