James hopes Hartlepool United can be stars in stripes

Luke James launch the 2013-14 season home kit.
Luke James launch the 2013-14 season home kit.
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HARTLEPOOL United returned to training today – with a new Nike strip unveiled for the 2013/14 campaign.

Attacking star Luke James modelled the blue and white colours on a lush Victoria Park pitch, with the blue and white stripes reverting to a more traditional width compared to last season’s broad look.

James gave the new look – which goes on sale at the ground from Thursday – the thumbs up.

“The new home shirt looks nice,” said James, who finished last season on fire and will be favourite to start up front in the new campaign. “It’s been good to be back at the ground and now I can’t wait to get back.

“It’s the time of the year when the players just can’t wait to get back into the swing of things.

“Hopefully, we’ll kick on and do well in this campaign.”

Despite improving in the second half of last season and bringing in Colin Cooper as their new manager, Pools have not convinced the bookmakers of their promotion potential.

The odds vary but the averaged out figures of the bookies has Pools listed as eighth favourites for the title.

But James says he and the squad are optimistic of their chances in League Two.

“I think the lads are confident we can do well,” he said.

“Obviously we can’t get too carried away or too ahead of ourselves but, yes, I think we are quietly confident we can have a good campaign.”