The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

HARTLE­POOL boss Craig Hignett has not given up hope on once-mer­cu­rial striker Rhys Oates.

Pools went into New Year’s Eve hav­ing failed to score in 450 min­utes, and Oates, 22, had chipped in with just two Checka trade Tro­phy goals all sea­son.

Hignett said: “He’s put in a real shift and we al­ways know what we get from Rhys. He’s quick and pow­er­ful. His qual­ity can im­prove, but he’s only a young kid. From the po­si­tions he gets in he needs to im­prove his de­liv­ery.”

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