Hartlepool boss Dave Challinor has moved quickly to secure the services of a right-back after agreeing a deal to bring Macauley Southam-Hales to the club on loan from Fleetwood Town.
The 23-year-old has been with Fleetwood since last February, when they paid an undisclosed fee to Welsh Premier League side Barry Town to take the pacey defender to Highbury.
Southam-Hales came through the ranks with Cardiff City, where he was on the books for 12 years before catching the eye during a season-and-a-half with Barry.
Pools boss Challinor has been keen to add fresh faces to his squad due to several injuries and the departures of Nicke Kabamba and Peter Kioso, so the arrival of Southam-Hales is a big boost.
“Macaulay has been in Fleetwood’s Under-23s set-up but also in and around the first team,” explained Challinor.
“We’re obviously looking to replace Peter Kioso as soon as possible and he’s one of the names that was flagged up – he’s very highly rated and has been recommended.”