Nathan Thomas: Hartlepool United sign Mansfield Town winger

Nathan Thomas
Nathan Thomas was born in Ingleby Barwick, on the outskirts of Middlesbrough

Hartlepool United have signed winger Nathan Thomas from League Two rivals Mansfield Town, with terms undisclosed.

Thomas, 21, had handed in a transfer request to the management and was cleared to move to Victoria Park.

He had made 21 appearances for the Stags so far this season, following a summer move from Motherwell.

"I'm pleased to get Nathan because we've needed a bit of quality in the wide areas," Pools boss Ronnie Moore said.external-link

"It was disappointing that we lost Kal Naismith but now Nathan is here and he has quality.

"He's a genuine left-footed player who will bring a bit of sparkle to the team and he's one of those who can excite the supporters when he picks the ball up and runs."

The Ingleby Barwick-born forward returns to the north east to add to previous spells at Newcastle, Sunderland and Darlington.

"He's only a 'baby' and has been around the country to try and settle and plant some roots for him and his family [during his early career]," said Stags boss Adam Murray.external-link

"An opportunity presented itself for Nathan where he has more security - a move which takes him back home. I have let him go with a heavy heart."

Pools boss Ronnie Moore will have Thomas, who has also played for Plymouth, available for Saturday's visit of Wycombe Wanderers.