JAMES Husband, who completed his transfer from Doncaster Rovers this afternoon, starts for Middlesbrough in their friendly at Hartlepool United.
And there’s positive contract news for Pools, with striker Luke James and right-back Michael Duckworth both signing new contracts today.
Boro also include Kike, their new Spanish striker, and start with three ex-Pools players in their side – two loaness in Christian Burgess and Luke Williams and goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos.
Pools give a start to on trial midfielder Jonathan Greening, but there is no place for Tommy Miller who has a hamstring strain.
HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Duckworth, Bates, Austin, Holden; Compton, Parnaby, Greening, Walker, James, Harewood. Subs: Rafferty (gk), Collins, Smith, Rowbotham, Franks, Jones, Richards.
MIDDLESBROUGH: Konstantopoulos; Bennett, Burgess, Hines, Husband; Whitehead, Leadbitter; Williams, Adomah, Halliday; Kike. Subs: Atkinson, Gibson, Morris, Tomlin, Reach, Fewster, Osorio.
Referee: Tony Harrington.