KIERAN Green says he is determined to be a success at Hartlepool United after signing professional terms.
The 18-year-old academy product joined the senior squad on the pre-season tour to Spain last summer after impressing then boss Colin Cooper.
The midfielder went on to make two first team appearances last season, including making his debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Sheffield United in October.
Now he is looking to stamp his mark on the Pools first team next season after impressing boss Ronnie Moore enough in training and in reserves fixtures to earn a pro deal.
“I’m relieved and happy to get the deal agreed,” said Green.
“I have been here since I was an Under 15 and it has been really hard work but last year I just wanted to give it a good go and take my chance to prove myself.
“I dug in and put as much hard work in as I could and made sure I took every opportunity that came my way.
“To go to La Cala with the first team and train over them was brilliant and I’m the type of person who couldn’t really settle for anything less after I’d experienced that.
“Once I had been in and around the senior players I wanted to be with them all the time and those experiences were my extra motivation.
“All season I have just wanted to be in the first team.
“To be honest, football is the biggest thing in my life so I just wanted to train every day to get better,” added Green, who was talking to the club’s website.
* Meanwhile, Peterborough United have made former Hartlepool United players Christian Burgess and Luke James available for transfer.
James came up through the ranks at Pools before making a £500,000 move to the Posh last August, signing a four-year contract.
The deal, which included a sell-on clause that would benefit Pools should Posh sell him, ended a summer-long pursuit by the League One side.
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony said: “I’m hoping Luke James won’t be sold.
“I’m hoping somebody will come in and take him on loan and get him firing. I’m not writing off Luke.”
Burgess enjoyed a successful loan spell at Pools from Championship side Middlesbrough before signing a permanent deal with Peterborough last summer.