Ex-Sunderland, Hartlepool United and Stevenage defender Peter Hartley joins Plymouth Argyle

HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS: Stevenage defender Peter Hartley has moved to Plymouth Argyle

HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS: Stevenage defender Peter Hartley has moved to Plymouth Argyle

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FORMER Sunderland and Hartlepool United defender Peter Hartley has signed for Plymouth Argyle.

The 26-year-old today became Pilgrims boss John Sheridan’s fifth acquisition of the summer .

Hartley, who left Stevenage following their relegation from League One, has signed a two-year contract at Home Park.

The Hartlepool-born defender began his career as a youngster at Sunderland before joining his hometown club in 2009 on a free transfer.

Hartley became a first-choice centre half under Chris Turner and subsequent bosses Mick Wadsworth and Neale Cooper also rated him highly.

He made 166 appearances for Pools, his last coming in August when he played left-back at Rochdale on the opening Saturday of the season.

He joined Stevenage in League One for an undisclosed fee and played a total of 38 times for the Borough last season.

Hartley will battle it out for one of Plymouth’s centre-back position with Curtis Nelson and Carl McHugh, another of Argyle’s summer captures.

Pools play at Plymouth on Saturday, October 20, with Hartley due to make his first Vic return with his new club on January 31.