Former Sunderland defender Stephen Wright urges new club Hartlepool United to keep up great start

Stephen Wright is encouraged by what he has seen at Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID.
Stephen Wright is encouraged by what he has seen at Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID.
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STEPHEN Wright believes Hartlepool United have nothing to fear in League One this season, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The 31-year-old former Sunderland defender has a 100 per cent record in Pools colours, having made his debut during the 2-0 win over Exeter and then starring in last Saturday’s impressive 2-1 triumph at Carlisle.

Those victories have formed part of a seven-match unbeaten start which have propelled Mick Wadsworth’s men up to seventh place, with a game in hand on most of the clubs above.

Wright, who played in League One for Brentford last term, sees no reason why Hartlepool can’t continue to threaten promotion territory.

“In this league, I honestly cannot see anyone running away with it – last year it was Brighton and Southampton, but this year?” put the defender when asked if Pools could sustain their form ahead of this Saturday’s home clash with Bury.

“If we can go on a good run and steer clear of injuries then who knows?

“There’s nothing for us to fear, I would say.

“We’ve shown already that we can hold our own, even before I signed, and it’s been an excellent start.

“We’ve given ourselves every chance of staying up there now.”

Wright has been training with Pools since mid-July, so his seamless introduction into the side should come as no surprise.

“This is a real good club I’ve joined,” he added.

“The manager has been excellent with me, he was honest with me the whole time I was training with the club and said he wanted to sign me. I just had to be patient.

“The lads were brilliant as well and there’s some real good players here.

“I could see that when I was training and I always hoped I’d get a deal sorted.

“All I’ve got to do now is do my best for the team and help them build on this start.”

Wright signed a deal at Brentford last season, but a clause in his contract, which meant extra financial outlay for the Bees following a certain number of appearances, saw the centre-back left out in the cold.

The player, though, admits he was willing to waive such rights in order to stay in the side. “I just wanted to play,” he said.

“I had things in my contract, for games and the like, but I said ‘if that’s why I’m not playing then take it out’.

“It’s not about money, it’s about playing football and enjoying it.

“That’s why I’m delighted to be here and I just can’t wait for every match now.”