EVAN Horwood today insisted he cannot afford to be complacent at solving Hartlepool United's four-year search for a specialist left-back.
Horwood has wasted little time in settling into life at Victoria Park with the 24-year-old helping Pools to successive clean sheets in the opening two games of the season.
The former Sheffield United defender is Pools' first genuine left-back since Hugh Robertson was released in the summer of 2006.
But Horwood believes Peter Hartley is pushing hard for a starting spot after playing the bulk of last season at left-back despite the 22-year-old preferring to be used at centre-half.
Horwood said: "I keep getting told that they've been waiting for a left-
back for a few years.
"Hopefully I can keep that position my own for a while now.
"There's still Peter so hopefully I can fight him off for the rest of
"Peter prefers centre-back but he had a good season at left-back last year.
"When I was at Carlisle a few seasons ago, there was only me to play there and I dropped my standards a bit.
"Peter's such a good pro in training that it's brilliant competition."
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