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Central defender Edon Pruti and midfielder Ben Woods have today both signed for new clubs with Pruti moving from Brentford to Hartlepool United and Woods signing a deal with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Pruti was released by Burnley in September 2020 and dropped into non-league football with Hanwell Town before moving on again and joining Slough in January last year where he went on to become a regular in the side that finished in mid-table in National League South.

His form prompted Premier League club Brentford to sign him last summer and he played in their B team until today when he got the move to Hartlepool. Brentford B team coach Neil MacFarlane explained: “He joined us at the start of this season and we’ve had discussions with him to get him into a Football League club. We have to remember that not every single player will get through to the first team at Brentford, and what we have here is a situation where he has been able to secure himself a move to the Football League in this window.

“We hope that he can go on and have a career with real longevity. He is an amazing character; he’s been brilliant for the culture and the group and he has a lot of good attributes to go and do well in the league. I think it’s a very good move for him. We look at every player individually and we feel that the opportunity for Edon to go to Hartlepool can really help him to kick on.”

Pruti has played for Albania up to under-19 level and now 20, he will be looking to establish himself in League Two and help keep Hartlepool in the league. Their manager Keith Curle said of him: “He’s trained with us the last few days and you can see the potential he has got. We’re delighted to sign him permanently. He is a physical presence and we are glad we can give him the opportunity to showcase his talents.”

Woods joined us as a 16-year-old from Manchester United in the summer of 2018 and was quickly playing under-23 football for the club. Last season, playing in Premier League 2, he formed an excellent midfield partnership with Mark Helm, who yesterday moved to Burton Albion.

It was something of a surprise when he turned down the offer of a new deal last summer, a decision that looked more surprising when he wasn’t offered a deal by Sunderland having been there on trial during pre-season.

More recently, he went on trial to Scottish Championship club Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He’s impressed there and won himself a deal until the end of the season. International clearance has gone through tonight which makes him available for their home game tomorrow against Queens Park.

We wish both Edon and Ben all the very best at their new clubs.

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