Hartlepool United youngster signs new contract

Josh Rowbotham warming up prior to the game against Walsall. Picture by FRANK REID
Josh Rowbotham warming up prior to the game against Walsall. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United youngster Josh Rowbotham is the latest player to commit his future to the club.

The versatile 20-year-old, who is comfortable in defence and midfield, has spoken of his “delight” after agreeing terms on a new contract.

Rowbotham, who didn’t feature for the first team last season, made his Pools debut in March 2012 and went on to sign his first professional contract with the club that summer.

A former Youth Team Player of the Year, Rowbotham has been with Pools since Under 12 level and is comfortable playing anywhere in defence or in the centre of midfield.

Stockton-born Rowbotham is an established member of the reserve team and will be looking to push himself into manager Colin Cooper’s first team plans next season.

Rowbotham said: “I feel over the moon about it, really delighted.

“It’s been a nerve-wracking time but it was a massive thrill when the gaffer told me he wanted to keep me and going home to tell your family you have a new contract is the best thing ever.

“My ambition now is to try and challenge for a natural spot in the first team and really show Colin Cooper what I am capable of,” he told the club’s website.

Player coach Sam Collins, Jordan Richards and Darren Holden have also signed new contracts with the Sky Bet League Two club.