A busy day at Vanarama National League club Hartlepool United continued as manager Craig Harrison two more new signings to his squad.


Former Charlton Athletic and Cheltenham Town midfielder Jack Munns completed a move to the North East just hours after Pools completed the signings of striker Jake Cassidy and midfielder Luke George.

Munns has National League experience after playing a key role in Cheltenham Town’s title win in 2015/16.

During that season he scored eight times from midfield and also provided the highest number of assists in the Robins squad.

After spending the early part of his career with Leyton Orient and Spurs, Munns joined Charlton Athletic on a one-year deal in 2013.

Despite being handed a squad number and named on the bench on several occasions he failed to make a first team appearance for the Addicks and joined Cheltenham Town at the start of the 2015/16 season.

He scored on his Robins debut on the opening day of the season, getting the opener in a 1-1 draw against Lincoln City.

His good form continued and he grabbed a first senior hat-trick in their 7-1 win over FC Halifax Town in early October 2015.

Munns’ form with Cheltenham prompted Alan Alger to tip him for a return to the big-time in a Non-League Daily article.

He said “More fool those London clubs, as in the arguably tougher world of Non-League’s top-flight Munns has flourished.

Five goals already this season, have been complimented by a division-topping NINE assists. He really has the quality to start the long climb back up to the level where he once had a shot at the big time – it’s not too late for the 22-year-old”

The Robins secured promotion back to the Football League at the first attempt, going up as National League champions.scott loach hufc

Last season he made twenty five appearances for Gary Johnson’s side, but was told he could leave the club at the end of his contract.

Also moving to the North East is former Notts County and Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach.

Following the departure of Trevor Carson, Loach’s addition was seen as a priority for Pools boss Harrison.

Loach began his professional career with Lincoln City before moving to Watford.

He went on to make over 150 appearances for the Hornets before moving to Ipswich Town and Rotherham United.

In the summer of 2015, after leaving the Millers, he joined Notts County, making seventeen appearances for the Magpies.

Last season he had a short spell on loan at York City but couldn’t help the Minstermen escape from relegation into the Vanarama National League North.

The addition of Loach rounds off a busy day for new Pools boss Craig Harrison, as he looks to put together a squad capable of bouncing back into the Football League at the first attempt.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
Image: Hartlepool United FC

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