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Holden signs new Pools deal

Hartlepool have confirmed that defender Darren Holden has signed a new contract with the club.

The South Africa-born left-back, 20, has put pen to paper on an undisclosed deal to extend his stay at Victoria Park.

"It felt very good to sign the contract and I can't wait to get started again in July now," Holden told the club's official website.

"When the manager told me he was going to offer me a new deal I was overwhelmed.

"I'm still learning every week and I just want to keep on improving and keep a place in the team."

Holden, handed his first professional deal in 2012, made 28 first-team appearances last season, starting all of Pools' last 20 games.

Fellow defenders Jordan Richards and Sam Collins had previously signed new deals with the club, the latter in a new player/coach's role.