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We’ll be fast running out of players at under-23 level with striker Rob Harker becoming the eleventh member of Andy Farrell’s squad to go out on loan when he joined Hartlepool United yesterday until the end of the season.

Harker, who in his second season at the club having joined us from Bury, becomes the second player to move into the National League, following Jordan Cropper who recently signed a loan deal with Chesterfield.

The 19-year-old made a couple of substitute appearances for Bury in the Football League Trophy but this will be his first opportunity to play regular first team football. He said of the opportunity: “I’m really excited about it. I think it’s the right time to go out in terms of me developing as a player and at a good club.

“I don’t think there’s much difference between League Two and the National League so it’s a good standard and they play good football. I know the manager has done well at this level and he gets his strikers scoring goals. The team is going well and hopefully I can help push them on towards the play-off places and challenge for promotion.”

The manager is Dave Challinor who until recently had been the long term at AFC Fylde. He replaced Craig Hignett at Hartlepool in November. He said of his new signing: “I think it is common knowledge that we’ve been after another striker. We have looked at lots of players but Rob’s was a name that has been on our radar for a few weeks really but at this time of the year you have to be patient and wait for things to fall into place.

“It’s his first loan in terms of coming out and playing men’s football but I am sure, going off what I have seen from him the last few years, he is going to be a big hit.”

Up the Clarets wish Rob  the very best at Hartlepool during his loan.

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