New signing Peter Denton believes working with Trevor Carson and Adam Bartlett every day will make him a better goalkeeper.
The teenage prospect yesterday became the 10th signing made by Ronnie Moore and the third stopper.
Being in that environment will help me progress, learning from Trevor and Adam every day will be great for me.Peter Denton
Moore had captured Northern Ireland international Trevor Carson last month, from Cheltenham Town, and then captured top-rated ex-Gateshead goalie Adam Bartlett last Friday.
Pools have now announced the arroval of Denton.
Moore rates the 18-year-old as “a prospect” and sees him “as may be being No 1 here one day”.
For his part, Denton, released by Sky Bet Championship outfit Rotherham United, is simply looking forward to developing his career under Carson, Bartlett and goalkeeping coach, Tony Caig.
“I was at Rotherham last season and prior to that at Birmingham,” he said.
“I think the gaffer is from Rotherham and he knows a few people there so obviously they spoke highly enough of me for him to sign me.
“I’m really delighted.
“It was an easy decision for me. As soon as I knew the interest was there from Hartlepool, I wanted to come on board straight away.
“There was no negotiating period, I wanted to get it done as soon as possible.
“Obviously there is the potential to go out on loan and get experience.
“But being around the first team is an ideal situation for me.
“Being in that environment will help me progress, learning from Trevor and Adam every day will be great for me.
“The first team keeper at Rotherham, Adam Collin, knew Caigy from Carlisle United and spoke highly of him.
“Working with him and the two keepers here every day will make me a better keeper.”
Denton is likely to go out on loan, probably to a good non-league side, to get experience in senior football.
But he would work with Pools on the training ground from Monday to Friday and would be ready to step up should anything happen to Carson or Bartlett.
With Carson involved heavily with Northern Ireland, there may be chances of Bartlett being needed as a sub for Pools.
“If that’s the case, I’d relish the opportunity to be on the bench, and if I had to come on it would be a great experience,” said the 6ft 3in Milton Keynes-born stopper.