Scouts about

Luke James turns to the Town End supporters. Picture By Frank Reid
Luke James turns to the Town End supporters. Picture By Frank Reid

TEENAGE football ace Luke James is fast becoming hot property, after 21 scouts ran the rule over the Amble lad at the weekend.

The 17-year-old Hartlepool United prodigy has made a glittering start to his senior career after signing a professional contract with Pools towards the end of last year. The highly-rated youngster has attracted attention as a result of his good form and goal-scoring exploits since breaking into the first team.

His first senior goal was a spectacular 25-yard strike against Rochdale at the start of January before ending the month with a double against Carlisle United.

And on Saturday, there was a strong contingent of Championship and Premier League observers in the stands at Victoria Park, casting an eye over the former Coquet High School pupil during Pools’ goalless npower League One draw with Bournemouth.

Speaking to the Hartlepool Mail – the Gazette’s sister paper – Pools boss Neale Cooper said: “I know there were a lot of scouts there to watch him – 21 of them – but we didn’t tell him that.”

James picked up the League Football Education Apprentice of the Month award for December 2011, recognising his first-team breakthrough, and was presented with the accolade by club captain Ritchie Humphreys before the start of the Carlisle United match.