Hartlepool United defender Matthew Bates signs new deal with League Two club
Hartlepool defender Matthew Bates has signed a new undisclosed-length deal with the League Two club.
Pools had already taken up the option on his previous deal, but have now agreed improved terms with Bates.
The 29-year-old made 35 appearances last season, and only missed three out of 20 games between January and the end of the campaign.
The former Middlesbrough player, who can also operate in midfield, was third in the club's player of the year award.