Antony Sweeney praises Hartlepool United loyalty
Hartlepool United midfielder Antony Sweeney says loyalty from the club was pivotal in his decision to sign a new contract at Victoria Park.
Sweeney, 27, made his debut in October 2001 and has since made 342 appearances for Pools, scoring 51 goals.
"The club has always been good to me and showed a real desire to keep me," Sweeney told BBC Tees.
"There was little bits of interest, but the club made it perfectly clear they wanted to keep me."
The Stockton-born utility man is one of seven Pools players to commit their short-term futures to a side that has been boosted by the arrival of former Newcastle winger Nolberto Solano.
Solano, 36, has Champions League, Premier League and international experience, as well as spending the last two seasons in the Championship with Leicester City and Hull City.
"Apparently he got offered a player-coach role at Hull, so obviously he's good at the coaching side of the game as well, the young lads in the team will benefit greatly, and the lads playing alongside him as well.
"He'll have undoubted quality, he might not have the pace like he once had, but he'll be a cut above players playing at our level.
"Championship to League One is a massive step, teams put more of a pressing game in League One but I imagine his quality will get him out of trouble."