HARTLEPOOL United plan to start the season with a bang.
That is the aim of Jack Baldwin as Pools look forward to make an instant return to League One.
Pools will start their first season in the bottom tier in English football for seven years at Rochdale, but Baldwin is determined their stay is temporary.
The fixture computer has given Colin Cooper’s team three away days in August, with only Southend and Fleetwood visiting Victoria Park, the gamę against the Shrimpers being the new manager’s home debut on the 10th with the Cod Army landing on the 24th.
But three of the four matches in September are at the Vic.
And Baldwin can’t wait to get started and the gifted teenager has only two things on his mind: points and promotion.
“It’s nice to see the fixtures out and know who we’re going to be up against,” said the 19-year-old.
“The aim will be to get off to a flying start – it would be great if we could pick up maximum points, or near to maximum points in the first weeks of the season.”
The pain of relegation has been replaced by a positive mental attitude that Pools can win an immediate promotion, just like they did the last time they dropped into League Two.
Baldwin displayed some classy performances on the park last season and is now showing tremendous character off it.
While possessing a respectful attitude towards the club’s rivals he believes Pools should be aiming high.
“We need to try to bounce back into League One as soon as we can,” said Baldwin.
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