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Former Bradford City defender Bates joins Hartlepool
6:09pm Tuesday 24th June 2014 in Sport
DEFENDER Matthew Bates has joined Hartlepool following his departure from City at the end of last season.
The 27-year-old former Middlesbrough trainee becomes Pools boss Colin Cooper's first signing of the summer.
Bates was told he would not be getting a new deal at City after playing 23 times last season, mainly filling in when Andrew Davies was injured.
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