Morecambe complete deal for former Hartlepool United forward

Rhys Oates is congratulated by his Hartlepool United teammates at Leyton Orient last season.
Rhys Oates is congratulated by his Hartlepool United teammates at Leyton Orient last season.

League Two outfit Morecambe have snapped up free agent Rhys Oates.

The forward left Hartlepool United this summer after three years at Victoria Park.

He has signed a two-year deal with Jim Bentley's men.

Confirming the news, a statement on Pools' website read: "The 23-year-old striker joined Pools in July 2015 after being released by Barnsley and he went on to make over 100 appearances for the club, scoring 15 goals in the process.

"Everyone at the club would like to wish Rhys the best of luck in his future career."

Shrimps boss Jim Bentley was delighted to finally get the deal for Oates over the line, having attempted to sign the striker this time last year.

"Rhys is a player we’ve always liked and has great potential," he said.

"We’ve tried to sign him permanently or on loan in the past once Hartlepool were relegated. He’s whole-hearted, works hard, a good athlete and has decent pace and technical ability. He can play anywhere in the forward positions and he’s always impressed us when we’ve seen him play. I’m sure if Rhys gets going and plays with confidence he will do very well.

"We’re looking forward to working with him."