Nicky Featherstone has insisted he has “unfinished business” with Hartlepool United after committing his future to the club by signing a new contract.

The experienced midfielder was at Victoria Park on Thursday afternoon to finalise the fresh Pools deal which will see him remain in blue and white stripes in to the 2018/19 campaign. With 163 Pools games under his belt since arriving in October 2014, no player in the squad has made as many appearances for the club as Featherstone.

Now he’s agreed an extended stay at The Vic, the 29-year-old will be hoping to become the 50th player in the club’s history to hit the 200 appearance mark.

“I’m glad to get it sorted and I’m happy it’s done now,” Featherstone told the club site.

“I didn’t really look too far in the summer in terms of leaving the club, I just wanted to get in and get things in place so I am happy it’s signed.

“It feels a little bit like there would have been some unfinished business for me if I was to leave and I want to help the club start moving back in the right direction.

“We are all looking to bounce back and the opportunity to work with Matthew, Ged and Ross was one that excited me so I’m pleased to be staying.”

With a new owner, a new manager and even a new training ground in place ahead of the new season it’s been an exciting return to pre-season training for Featherstone and his team-mates.

And the midfield man said that there is a good feeling building among the squad as they begin the preparations for the new National League.

“There is definitely a fresh and positive vibe around the place at the moment. We did a little bit of work with Matthew last season and the players bought in to it and I’m sure the same will happen this year too.”

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