Hartlepool United will NOT be offering deals to their pair of pre-season triallists.

But manager Matthew Bates is open to the idea of more triallists teaming-up with his side, provided that they are the ‘right type’. Harry Middleton and Connor Higgins were given the chance to impress against Billingham Town in Pools’ first pre-season friendly.

Higgins, formerly of Partick Thistle, played the full first half as he partnered Jake Cassidy up front. Meanwhile ex-Port Vale man Middleton played over an hour and even found the net with a sweetly struck effort from the edge of the area.

But manager Bates has confirmed to the Hartlepool Mail that neither of the pair will be offered a deal by Pools – although he heavily praised the duo’s character. While Middleton and Higgins may have failed to win a deal, Pools are far from turning their back on future triallists.

Any players who did team-up with the club, however, have to be the right fit.

Bates also confirmed that, as it stands, no triallists would be taking to the field against Sunderland on Saturday. “We have not got any triallists in this week,” said Bates. “The two lads we had in were good players but did not think they could offer us anything we didn’t already have in the squad.

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