Hartlepool United have signed experienced defender Andrew Davies.
The 33-year-old centre-back arrives at The Vic after spending three seasons with Ross County but Pools boss Matthew Bates has now lured the Stockton-born star back to the North East. A former England Under-21 international with Premier League experience, Davies’ signing marks a transfer coup for Bates as he continues to work on improving his squad ahead of the new campaign.
The highly-rated defender came through the ranks at Middlesbrough where he played alongside Bates and was a regular as The Teessiders made it to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the final of the UEFA Cup. Having gained further senior experience with loan spells at Queens Park Rangers, Derby County and Southampton, Davies joined the latter permanently in 2008 when they agreed to pay Boro £1million.
Stoke City then stumped up £1.3million to take Davies to The Potteries on a four-year deal but injury plagued his time at The Britannia Stadium and, after a series of loan moves, he reignited his career with a switch to Bradford City. Davies produced some sparkling form for The Bantams, making 125 appearances – one of which was in the 2012/13 League Cup Final – before leaving for Ross County in 2015.
He was immediately handed the captaincy at Dingwall and went on to skipper the Highlands outfit to their first piece of major silverware when they defeated Hibernian in the 2015/16 Scottish League Cup final. County were keen to keep him in Scotland following their relegation from the Scottish Premiership last term but he’s now been persuaded that his future lies with Pools.