Double award honour for Pools’ lethal striker

The Hartlepool United Player of the Year awards were held at the Staincliffe Hotel in Seaton Carew last night (TUES). Luke James with his trophies.
The Hartlepool United Player of the Year awards were held at the Staincliffe Hotel in Seaton Carew last night (TUES). Luke James with his trophies.

Luke James believes there is ‘more to come’ after finishing the best season of his young life as Hartlepool United’s double player of the year.

The 19-year-old from Amble walked away with the top two trophies at Pools’ recent awards evening.

James was crowned the Supporters and the Players’ Player of the Year.

The teen sensation was the League Two side’s top goalscorer for the 2013/14 campaign, bagging 16 league and cup goals. It could have been more too, had the youngster’s season not have ended prematurely after injury against Burton Albion on Easter Saturday.

James is taking nothing for granted next season, but hopes to carry on where he left off and is determined to hit the 20-goal mark.

He said: “I feel so honoured to have won these trophies. I honestly didn’t think I’d win because of some of the quality players we’ve got.

“To be voted for by the fans is very special – we as players go on the pitch to try to please them and give them three points. So for the supporters to think I’m the best player is very humbling.”

“I might have won two awards but all the team deserve it for the way they have played.”

James has been with United since the age of 11 and holds the record as the youngest-ever league scorer for Pools, aged just 17 years and 64 days when he fired in a brilliant volley against Rochdale in January 2012.