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Revealed! Hartlepool United's mystery triallist is former Aberdeen defender

Who stood out for Matthew Bates' men in the Barrow draw?
Who stood out for Matthew Bates' men in the Barrow draw?

Hartlepool United were beaten by Middlesbrough yesterday in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

And while the team was made up mostly of first-team fringe men from the first five games of the National League campaign - there was one mystery triallist named.

Speculation has been rife as to who Pools might turn to next in the transfer market, with the club still looking into potentially adding one more new face to their ranks by the end of the summer. Although, of course, the transfer windows do not apply to clubs outside the Football League.

So who was the player who in question?

The Mail has learned that the player who played for Pools at Rockliffe Park was Harlain Mbayo.

Not heard of the player?

Here's a few facts about the player currently training with the Pools first-team squad at Peterlee.

Harlain Mbayo

Age: 20

Former club(s): Aberdeen, Albion Rovers (loan), Mouscroun, RSC Anderlecht, Brentford, Aldershot Town, Tottenham Hotspur, Oxford United,

Nationality: Democratic Republic of Congo

International honours: DR Congo under-19s

Senior games last season: Nine (Two Challenge Cup appearances for Aberdeen, seven on loan at Albion Rovers)