Harrogate Town have re-signed midfielder Michael Woods from Hartlepool United.

The former Leeds United and Chelsea youngster made 38 league appearances for Harrogate between 2013 and 2014, during which time he scored nine goals. Now 28, Woods returns to the club after over four years with Hartlepool.

He was Pools’ top scorer last season but manager Matthew Bates said at the weekend Woods had asked to leave the club in the summer. The former Yeovil Town and Doncaster Rovers man was not part of the squad for the 3-1 defeat at Barnet.

Woods’ new manager Simon Weaver said of his signing: “I felt we needed another ingredient coming into the squad. We know what he did first time round here; he’s moved on since then and so has the club.

“Both have progressed nicely. When he last played here, we trained one night a week and had nothing like the facilities we have now.

“He brings a lot of flair and can beat a man, relishes any opportunity to take people on, and will fit right in with our style of football. It’s an opportunity for us to add another dimension to the squad and sometimes you need that in games; in the last ten minutes when you need that bit of creativity he can unlock defences that have been sitting back.

“He’s got a great attitude, he lives for football, and will add a little bit of seniority to the squad at 28 years old.”

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