Trevor Carson delighted to be part of Hartlepool United’s ‘goalkeeper’s union’

Trevor Carson in action against Scunthorpe
Trevor Carson in action against Scunthorpe

Hartlepool United’s goalkeeping department is the strongest it has been for many years.

And Number One stopper Trevor Carson is relishing working under goalkeeping coach Tony Caig every day.

I know Bart is chomping at the bit for a place in the starting line-up and ability wise he is fantastic

Trevor Carson

Pools have totally revamped that area of the squad, with Scott Flinders and Jonny Maxted both leaving the club at the end of last season.

Caig was the first piece of the jigsaw, joining as coach from Carlisle United, with Carson leaving Cheltenham Town to join him at Pools.

But Ronnie Moore was quick to further bolster his options with former Gateshead keeper Adam Bartlett signing, alongside highly-rated youngster Peter Denton.

Carson, 27, will start the season in goal but he knows he has fierce competition pushing him, under the expert guidance of ex-Newcastle United gloveman Caig.

“I couldn’t speak any higher of Caigy,” the Northern Ireland international told SportMail.

“One of the things that excited me was coming here to work with a full-time coach.

“I had heard nothing but good things about him and in the past four weeks I have worked on things with him that I have never done before.

“It is great to have someone like that working with you everyday,” added Carson, ahead of today’s friendly with Gateshead (KO 3pm) at the International Stadium.

The three new keepers didn’t know each other before heading to League Two Pools but it hasn’t taken them long to form a strong bond.

And ex-Sunderland stopper Carson said the “goalkeeper’s union” is well and truly alive at Pools.

He added: “Bart and young Pete have also come in to the club and while we didn’t know each other before, we have all bonded quickly.

“The goalkeeper’s union - as they say - is strong and we certainly have a tight union here.

“There is fierce competition too and I have been saying to my family that I am excited by that because I haven’t had that in the last few years.

“I haven’t been complacent but it is good to have people pushing you all the way.

“I know Bart is chomping at the bit for a place in the starting line-up and ability wise he is fantastic, I see that every day in training.

“I am certainly not going to take my position for granted, I know I have to be on my game every week.

“But if you cannot play under pressure then this really isn’t the game for you.

“I am looking forward to the challenge,” added Carson, who played the full 90 minutes in the 4-0 friendly defeat to Scunthorpe United in midweek.

He joined from Cheltenham, who were relegated from League Two last season after an unsuccessful battle with Pools to stay in the Football League.

Bartlett, a former Newcastle Academy product, was released at the end of the season by Gateshead and Moore stepped in to sign him on the recommendation of Caig.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Denton, a former Birmingham City trainee, was signed after being released by Rotherham United and Moore has tipped him as having a big future.