Josh Nearney has become the latest player to sign a new contract at Hartlepool United.
The 20-year-old defender put pen to paper this afternoon at Victoria Park.
Nearney, who joined Pools at U16 level after previously being with Middlesbrough, has only made one senior appearance.
He was brought on as a sub for Michael Duckworth in the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy tie with Sheffield United at the start of September.
The Geordie was an unused sub when Pools pulled off a Capital One Cup shock at Fleetwood back in August.
His other senior appearances this season have been during a one-month loan spell at Whitby Town in the EVo Stik League.
He started in two of the Reserves last three Final Third Development League fixtures as Sam Collins side enjoyed a strong end to the season.
“Josh is a good young defender with a really good attitude and he’s not far away from breaking in to the team,” Hignett told the club website.
Nearney’s contract follows on from keepers Adam Bartlett and Trevor Carson signing, along with midfielder Lewis Hawkins and young winger Jack Blackford.