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Hartlepool signing Hartley explains Sunderland exit

Peter Hartley has no regrets swapping Sunderland for Hartlepool United this week.

The 21 year-old defender explained: "It's been going a couple of weeks, and there have been a few hiccups from Sunderland.

"I had the option of staying there, but I wanted first-team football and to win things with Hartlepool. I think it was time I came to another level, a different era in my career and I am looking forward to it.

"I had an option of a one-year contract to stay at Sunderland. But with them staying in the Premier League and more money being spent this summer, I took a step back and looked at the big picture."

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