Hartlepool United make fourth signing of the day - Sunderland keeper Joel Dixon on emergency loan

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HARTLEPOOL United have made their fourth signing of the day with Sunderland keeper Joel Dixon coming in on an emergency loan deal.

The 20-year-old stopper has been brought in as cover for Andy Rafferty, who picked up an injury in training this week, and will be on the bench for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two opener at Stevenage.

Dixon was the fourth new face through the doors at Victoria Park on Friday, after Pools confirmed the permanent signings of Tommy Miller, Michael Woods and Boro winger Ryan Brobbel on a month-long loan deal.

The Black Cats keeper has been with Sunderland’s Academy since he was 14 and has previously spent time on loan at Workington Reds in February 2013.

The 20-year-old trained with his new team-mates at Victoria Park before the squad headed south. He has been handed squad number 31.

Cooper is still continuing to look for other players in order to strengthen his squad, with a loan move for Middlesbrough defender Christian Burgess - who hasn’t been given a squad number at the Riverside - still very much on the cards.

The Pools manager has said he is keen to maintain his links with North East neighbours Sunderland and Middlesbrough, in particular. In the past 12-months Cooper has signed Burgess plus midfielders Matty Dolan, Luke Williams and now Brobbel on loan from his former club.

* Meanwhile, former Hartlepool United forward James Poole has signed non-contract terms with League Two side Bury.

A product of Manchester City’s academy system, the 24-year-old sealed a permanent move to Victoria Park in the summer of 2011 after a spell on loan the previous campaign.

But this summer Poole turned down the offer of a new contract at the club after fours years at Victoria Park and he was considering a move abroad to either America or Australia and had a trial at Melbourne FC.

Poole ironically scored against the Shakers in pre-season, while on trial with the touring Australian side.

When he left Pools Poole said: “It just feels like the right time to move and try something new, but I’ll take with me some good memories of Hartlepool United.”

During his time at Pools, Poole netted just 16 goals in 113 appearances.