The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam Hawthorn

HARTLEPOOL boss Dave Jones says it would not have been right to stand in the way of goal­keeper Adam Bartlett start­ing a new ca­reer.

The 31-year-old asked to be re­leased from his con­tract to take up a coach­ing role at Mid­dles­brough’s acad­emy and has joined Dar­ling­ton as a player.

“Adam wants to re­tire from pro­fes­sional foot­ball and it doesn’t sur­prise me as he’s at the age when he has to think of his fu­ture,” said Jones.

“He could be scratch­ing around for a job later and this could be a job for life if he goes about it the right way. If he wants to play lower league foot­ball as well, then it is fine by me.

“I could have been self­ish and left it to the end of the sea­son, but I don’t think that’s right.

“I’ve had it with play­ers in the past who are com­ing to the end of their ca­reers.

“I couldn’t take that op­por­tu­nity away from Barts when he could have a long fu­ture at a Premier League acad­emy.’’

EXIT: Adam Bartlett

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