'I think the world of all the lads': Nicky Featherstone hails his Hartlepool United team-mates - with special praise for ex-Hull City ace

Nicky Featherstone admits continuity could be key for Hartlepool United as the club prepare for the 2019/20 campaign.

Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 3:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 3:20 pm
Nicky Featherstone has praised his Hartlepool United teammates

Manager Craig Hignett is expected to make plenty of on-field changes over the summer months as Pools look to improve on this season’s 17th place finish.

But while a number of Hartlepool’s first-team squad may be allowed to move on before the new campaign kicks-off, Featherstone feels an element of continuity could prove helpful ahead of another campaign in non-league.

“Continuity helps but that’s totally out of our hands,” he said.

“What is important is that we recruit well and go again next season.

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“I think the world of all the lads I play with but it’s up to the manager and the people above.”

One area which might see some change is the centre of midfield - with Hignett certainly not short of options in the engine room.

Youngster Adam Bale - signed from Sunderland - remains under contract for next season, but Featherstone, Liam Noble and Gavan Holohan - who ended the season as Hignett’s preferred options - all see their deals expire.

Conor Newton’s deal is also up and it would be a surprise if the out-of-favour midfielder was handed fresh terms.

Hignett may well opt to allow one of the in-form trio to leave over the summer though, and look to re-channel the finance into another area of his side.

And Featherstone is well aware of the quality at Pools’ disposal, and has special praise for his former Hull teammate Holohan - who shone in the final weeks of the season.

“There is a lot of quality in midfield,” he added.

“I enjoy playing with them.

“I know Gav well from our Hull days, I know his qualities and he’s come in and done well.”