'National League Sergio Ramos' - Matthew Bates hails Hartlepool United new boy Andrew Davies

Manager Matthew Bates with Andrew Davies.
Manager Matthew Bates with Andrew Davies.

Matthew Bates has revealed the qualities new boy Andrew Davies will bring to the Hartlepool United dressing room, as he compared the defender to a National League version of Sergio Ramos.

Davies became Pools' third signing of the summer, when he completed a free transfer move from Ross County, having been released from the final year of his contract north of the border.

Andrew Davies lifts the League Cup with Ross County.

Andrew Davies lifts the League Cup with Ross County.

He follows on from the signing of defender Myles Anderson and last week's addition of 40-goal Isthmian League striker Niko Muir.

And Bates admits he is delighted to have got the Davies deal over the line.

"We are very pleased," said Bates.

"He’s a whole-hearted player, he’ll give 100% in the every game – he’s our National League Ramos in that he’ll put his body on the line for the cause and I know the Hartlepool fans are going to love him."

While Pools have lacked leaders in recent years, Bates knows he's captured one in former teammate Davies, who, he revealed, has taken a wage cut to sign on the dotted line.

"It’s something I have had in the back of my mind since getting the job really; I’ve played with Andrew at Boro and Bradford so know what quality he has and I know that’s he a leader for the dressing room too," said the manager.

"For this level it’s a great signing for us. He could definitely play higher but I think one of the main reasons he’s here is because he’s a family man who has lived away for a long time and he wants to come home.

"I think it speaks volumes about how much he wants to be here that he’s cancelled his contract with his previous club where he was earning a lot more than he will be here.

"He wants to come back to the region and enjoy his football but from our point of view I don’t think you’ll find a better centre-half in the division.

"He is an enthusiastic lad with an infectious personality. I don’t think he’ll mind me saying he’s loud around the dressing room but he’s gets people going.

"He’s a joker off the pitch and the lads will love him but he will manage the dressing room and be a big influence on the rest of the players.

"He brought all his family with him when he signed and they’re just as excited as him; his mum used to work at the club years ago and they’re talking about bringing all their family with them too so it’s as big for them as it is for us."