Hartlepool United trialist Alan Tate joins Port Talbot in Welsh Premier League

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore

Alan Tate’s stay at Hartlepool United is over after the defender signed for Port Talbot.

The 33-year-old had been training at Pools with boss Ronnie Moore saying last Thursday that he would make a decision on the centre-half this week.

The addition of Tate to the squad is a brilliant signing for not just the club, but for the league in general.

ANDY DYER

But Tate has decided to sign for the Welsh Premier League outfit until the end of the season.

The Easington-born defender had been without a club since being released by Swansea City in the summer.

Moore had certainly been interested in Tate, who was a favourite at the Welsh club having played a key role in their rise to the Premier League.

He ticked ‘all the boxes’ for the Pools boss - he has loads of experience, is a talker and, crucially, available.

The issue though was the fact he has not played for such a long period of time.

“He’s played very little football and it takes time when you have not been very active,” said Moore last Thursday.

“It’s food for thought for me. I need to sit and analyse what we’ve seen and the sit and analyse whether it’s been good enough to play at this level.”

Due to the fitness queries Tate always looked a bit of a long shot for Pools.

While he has loved ones in the area, it was understood he wanted to stay in South Wales, where he and his family is settled. Port Talbot have taken advantage and could make his debut in Saturday’s WPL home game against Bangor.

Boss Andy Dyer said: “The addition of Tate to the squad is a brilliant signing for not just the club, but for the league in general.”