We’re pleased to finally announce HUST’s new Honorary President, a man who needs no introduction to Pools fans (or indeed the wider football family)… Craig Hignett!

We’re grateful to Craig for accepting our invitation and we will no doubt benefit from his footballing experience and knowledge, as a player, manager and director of football.

It’s clear speaking with Craig that he has a huge affection for Pools and was recently back in the town with Jeff Stelling to talk with fans.

Craig says, ‘I was honoured to be asked by the Supporters’ Trust at Pools to be their honorary president. I hope I can use my experience, time in football and contacts to lend support where I can. It’s great that Pools fans are so passionate about the future of their club and I’ve seen the good work they do with community organisations.

‘The trust is ultimately there to represent fans, so the more members there are the stronger the voice. I would urge all Pools fans to join up. The Trust have done well to build a fund that in the right circumstances will ultimately really benefit the club.

‘I look forward to meeting again with HUST’s board and fans in the future but in the meantime get behind the team, as it’s vital that there is a big push by all to stay in the league.’

Julia Newton, chair of HUST adds, ‘we invited Craig Hignett to be our Honorary President after listening to various talks and interviews over the last year. Craig is someone with vast experience that we can tap into as a Trust and he has a real affection for Hartlepool as a town and club. Having met with him he clearly understands the importance of fan engagement and the positive impact fans can have in supporting the owners. We look forward to working with him further over the next two years. We’re really grateful to Craig for giving his time and for his enthusiasm.’

Look out for a more in-depth interview with Craig in the coming weeks!