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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 May, 2003, 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK
Pool part with Widdrington
Newly-promoted Hartlepool United have released experienced midfielder Tommy Widdrington.

The former Southampton, Grimsby and Port Vale player made 34 appearances this season to help Pool clinch a place in Division Two.

However, the 31-year-old, who moved to Victoria Park two years ago, is no longer part of manager Mike Newell's plans.

"Not keeping Tommy is the hardest decision I've had to make," Newell told the club's website.

"He's done a fantastic job for us and his attitude has been brilliant. However, we feel that we need to look at something else for next season."

Midfielder Brian Ross, 19, has also been released.

Meanwhile, Newell has offered new deals to Paul Arnison, Jon Bass, Mark Robinson and Paul Smith.

They are all considering new contracts with the Third Division runners-up.

"We had a superb squad last season and everyone showed great attitude and application right until the end," added Newell.

"We're pleased to be able to offer these four new deals.

"We need to bring some new faces in to add to what we already have and I'm working on that now."


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