Former Pools man Jack Baldwin signed for Sunderland in the summer and has proved himself high up the higher divisions, starting regularly for the League 1 club.

Many other players have gone on to find success after leaving Hartlepool, playing their football at a higher standard and building on their ability shown at Pools.

7) Jack Baldwin

Baldwin joined Pools in 2011 from Faversham Town, after a successful trial as an 18-year-old, and went on to make 77 league appearances in his three-year stint.

The central defender was sought after at Pools after impressive performances and eventually signed for League 1 side Peterborough on January 2014’s deadline day.

Again, showing his class he was named as captain of the team ahead of the 2017-18 season – before moving to Sunderland the following season after the club’s relegation to League 1.

Scoring once for the Wearside club Baldwin has made his name in the backline in the club’s search for promotion this season.

6) Peter Hartley

Another central defender, Hartlepool born Hartley was a product of Sunderland’s youth academy but signed for Pools in 2009 in search for regular playing time.

He went on to make 166 league appearances for Pools before signing for Stevenage, Plymouth Argyle, Bristol Rovers and then Blackpool.

But it was with his next team, Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League where he found his success, starting in defence in a 3 at the back regularly.

Hartley was named as the clubs captain ahead of this season, replacing Carl McHugh who chose to step down from the role.

5) Trevor Carson

Another current Motherwell player and another former product of the Sunderland academy, Carson signed for Hartlepool from Cheltenham in 2015 as the club’s number one goalkeeper.

One of Hartlepool’s star players during his time with the club he regularly put in outstanding performances at the Vic.

Injured for the end of the 2016/17, Carson’s performances couldn’t save Hartlepool from relegation to the National League.

After a move to Motherwell and years of being in the squad but not making an appearance, Carson finally made his debut for the Northern Ireland National Team and has went on to make four appearances.

4) Dimitrios Konstantopoulos

Dimi signed for Hartlepool in 2003 from Portuguese club SC Farense and went on to make 117 league appearances for Pools, establishing himself as first choice in 2005.

The Greek shot-stopper signed for Coventry in 2007 after rejecting a contract at Pools but was loaned out three times and eventually moved back to Greece in 2010.

Dimi returned to the North East when Middlesbrough signed him in 2013 from AEK Athens, he established himself as first choice for the Championship after an injury to number one Jason Steele.

He was pivotal to Middlesbrough’s return to the Premier League in the 2015/16 season, keeping 22 league clean sheets, but despite this has remained second or third choice in Teeside.

3) Aaron Tshibola

A product of the Reading youth academy Tshibola signed for Hartlepool on loan in 2015 and was vital in Ronnie Moore’s ‘great escape’ that avoided relegation that year.

Tshibola moved to Championship side Aston Villa in 2016 but has only managed eight appearances for the club and was loaned to Nottingham Forest and MK Dons in 2017.

He was loaned to Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock ahead of this season and has established himself in the midfield.

Despite making one appearance for England under 18s in 2013, Tshibola has had one cap for the Democratic Republic of Congo National Team in 2018 – playing 45 minutes in a friendly against Tanzania.

2) Jordan Jones

Another current Kilmarnock player, Jones was a product of the Middlesbrough youth academy and was loaned to Hartlepool in 2011 making 11 appearances.

After being released by Middlesbrough the winger signed for Kilmarnock in Scotland, establishing himself as the club’s number one left winger.

The club turned down a reported £350k transfer fee from Scottish giants Rangers in January 2018, valuing the player much more than that.

Qualifying through his father Jones made his debut for the Northern Ireland National Team in 2017 and has went on to earn three caps.

1) Jordan Hugill

Hugill’s career started at the bottom, playing his youth football for Marske United and going onto play for Seaham Red Star, Consett and Whitby before Port Vale gave him his chance to play in the football league.

He signed for Preston North End in 2014, going on to make over 100 appearances for the Championship club.

After that, he was loaned to Hartlepool in 2015, scoring four times in eight games with one of them being the winning goal against Exeter that secured Pool’s safety from relegation that year.

West Ham signed Hugill in January 2018 and made three appearances in the Premier League before being loaned to boyhood club Middlesbrough ahead of this season.