Date: 19th January 2019 at 8:00am
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Hartlepool United have completed the loan signing of Crewe Alexandra defender Michael Raynes until the end of the season, it was announced yesterday afternoon.

Raynes, 31, arrived at the Alex in the summer of 2017 on a free transfer from Carlisle United (where he captained them in their playoff campaign the season before joining Crewe) and has made a total of 39 appearances for the club but has only been involved in 5 games this season, including last Saturday’s home win against Newport County.

With his contract expiring in the summer, it is likely that last weekend’s appearance will be the last that he will make for the club. It currently leaves the Alex short of defensive cover due to injuries to Eddie Nolan and Nicky Hunt which would see midfielder Ryan Wintle and young Luke Offord, who is a regular for Alex Morris’ Under-23 side, potentially covering the defence for today’s trip to MK Dons.

What will Hartlepool get from the signing of Raynes?

He’s a centre-half who is a leader and a good professional to have around the club, who hasn’t complained in the media about not being in the team this season and has been a good player for the Under-23s to learn from seeing as he’s been a regular for that team. One problem that they might have is his lack of pace so them having a deep back-line is a necessity when he’s on the pitch.