Hartlepool United’s new signing Andrew Davies has taken a significant wage cut to join the club says manager Matthew Bates.

A former teammate of Bates at both Middlesbrough and Bradford City, Davies has left Ross County to return to his native North East. The 33-year-old former Southampton and Stoke City defender will be a big hit at Victoria Park, Bates told the club website:

“For this level it’s a great signing for us. He could definitely play higher but I think one of the main reasons he’s here is because he’s a family man who has lived away for a long time and he wants to come home.

“I think it speaks volumes about how much he wants to be here that he’s cancelled his contract with his previous club where he was earning a lot more than he will be here.

“He wants to come back to the region and enjoy his football but from our point of view I don’t think you’ll find a better centre-half in the division.

“He is an enthusiastic lad with an infectious personality. I don’t think he’ll mind me saying he’s loud around the dressing room but he’s gets people going.

“He’s a joker off the pitch and the lads will love him but he will manage the dressing room and be a big influence on the rest of the players.”

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