Craig Harrison has made former Tranmere Rovers and Guiseley striker Jake Cassidy his first signing since being appointed as Hartlepool United manager.

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The move reunites Cassidy with his former Airbus UK Broughton manager.

The duo worked together for a short time with the Welsh Premier League club, before Cassidy was snapped up by Wolves.

A loan move to Tranmere Rovers proved to be a success, as he scored sixteen goals during the 2012/13 season.

At the time Rovers manager Ronnie Moore, who had an fourteen month spell as Hartlepool manager, described Cassidy as “a good player”.

Moore said “He’s a good player, there’s no doubt about that, he’s up there on merit,”

“You could see last season he was a good player.

“But when you consider at one stage this season we actually had Andy Robinson on seven goals, we had Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro on seven goals and we had Cass on seven goals.

“Unfortunately for us the other two have picked up injuries and they’re big misses for a club this size, so Cass is important to us to get those goals at this level.”

A Wales Under-21 call followed, as did loan spells with the likes of Notts County and Southend United.

After a one-season stay at Oldham Athletic, Cassidy moved into non-league with a move to Vanarama National League club Guiseley.

His eight goals helped the Lions escape from relegation, scoring eight goals in thirty games.

Now he becomes Pools’ first signing of the summer, as new manager Harrison looks to put together a squad to challenge for an immediate promotion back to the Football League.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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