New signing Scott Loach admits he has a big job on his hands to fill the gloves of Trevor Carson.
The 29-year-old, released by Notts County last month, was hand-picked by boss Craig Harrison for the number one spot at Hartlepool United.
It’s a big compliment to have been chosen to replace Trevor because he’s a top-class goalkeeperSCOTT LOACH
Former Watford and Ipswich stopper Loach says he is well aware of the recent history of Pools keepers – Scott Flinders and Carson have dominated the spot for the last nine years.
“I’ve not spoken to Trev, but I will. He’s a very highly-regarded keeper,” said Loach.
“I know Scott Flinders too.
“Hartlepool’s had some good goalkeepers and I have a lot to live up to.
“I’m confident, I believe in myself and there’s no reason why I can’t do what they’ve done.
“To get mentioned in the same breath as them is good – they’ve been great servants of this club.
“It’s a big compliment to have been chosen to replace Trevor because he’s a top-class goalkeeper.
“I’m looking forward to getting out there to show what I can do.”
Harrison tried to keep Carson but once he knew the Northern Ireland international was leaving Pools for Motherwell he made Loach his top priority.
“I got the call last week and it was really a no-brainer for me,” the former England U21 goalie, who twice received call-ups into Fabio Capello’s senior squad, told the Pools website.
“Me and my family spoke about it and it was one we really wanted to get over the line.
“The conversation I had with the gaffer was full of positivity, what he wants to do, how he wants us to play, his vision.
“He has everything planned out.
“It was only a five or 10-minute phone call, but my mind was made up.
“OK, it’s in the National League, but it’s a good club.”