Date: 1st February 2016 at 6:01pm
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Luke James has today returned to Hartlepool United on a loan spell from Peterborough United.

The 21 year old has spent the first half of the year out on loan with Bradford City, but he returns to Victoria Park on a spell that will expire come the summer.

Having come through our youth ranks, joining the club aged 11, his youth performance saw him rewarded with a professional deal when he turned 17 and he went on to make his debut against Colchester United in December 2011, and a few weeks later became the clubs youngest ever goalscorer when he struck against Rochdale.

In his first spell with us he scored 22 times in 100 appearances, and picked up the Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Year gong for 2013-14 after scoring 16 times.

Having moved to London Road back in September 2014, he returns and re-takes up his old No 33 shirt.

The move has come through with plenty of time for him to settle back in and potentially re-debut against Notts County this weekend.

Manager Ronnie Moore was delighted with the capture, and told the Official Site.

‘I think it`s a fantastic signing for us. Luke is still a young lad but we know what he`s capable of and we know that we have got ourselves a Championship-standard footballer. He`s got pace, enthusiasm and endeavour which is what we need – and not only that, he`s got that eye for goal as well. He had the opportunity to go to two or three clubs right at the top of our division but he was determined to come back here and help in our dog fight so that`s really pleasing. He could have taken the easy way out but he wants to be here at Pools and we are really looking forward to having him around the place.’

Moore went on to say that with his arrival, he now has a few options up front.

‘We have a few different permutations in attack now and I think Luke could play with any of them up there – and if Nathan Thomas is in the form he was in on Saturday then I would like to think we`ll create chances. We`ve got a lot of Saturday and Tuesday weeks coming up and four out of the next seven games are at home so we have to make the most of them and start winning those home games. I think the Chairman deserves a lot of credit for the way he`s worked to help us; we`ve tried so hard to get our own players in during this window and there`s been a lot going on behind the scenes.’

Perfect opportunity to correct a slightly blotted copy book from the time building up to his departure.

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