Darren Holden signs a new contract with Hartlepool United

Darren Holden in action against Exeter City. Picture by FRANK REID
Darren Holden in action against Exeter City. Picture by FRANK REID
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HARTLEPOOL United left-back Darren Holden has signed a new contract to commit his future to the Sky Bet League Two club.

The 20-year-old turned out 28 times for Pools in the 2013-14 campaign and has now been rewarded by manager Colin Cooper for his progress with the new contract.

Holden became a regular in the second half of the season after a troublesome toe injury ruled out Neil Austin, with the young left-back starting in all 20 of Pools’ last outings of the campaign.

Attack-minded Holden, who turned professional back in 2012, said: “It felt very good to sign the contract and I can’t wait to get started again in July now.

“When the manager told me he was going to offer me a new deal I was overwhelmed.

“I’m still learning every week and I just want to keep on improving and keep a place in the team,” Holden told the club’s website.

The South African born youngster follows in the footsteps of Jordan Richards and new player coach Sam Collins in signing new contracts at the Sky Bet League Two club.