LUKE Molyneux has extended his stay with Hartlepool United by signing a new contract with the club. 

The 23-year-old has been with the club since January 2019 after an initial loan spell from League One Sunderland. The move was made permanent in the summer after his release from the Black Cats.

The winger has gone on to make 56 appearances in all competitions scoring five goals in the process. 

Molyneux was used more as a substitute last season by Dave Challinor as Pools went on to achieve promotion to the Football League.

However, he made a telling contribution in the penalty shootout win over Toquay United in the play-off final scoring the fifth penalty after coming on in the 120th minute. 

Molyneux told the club website: "Delighted to get this finally sorted, I’ve loved every moment at Hartlepool and can’t wait to see what the EFL brings.

"Seeing all the fans at Bristol was surreal and they have been a huge part of my journey at this club. I can’t wait to see The Vic packed out for the first home game against Crawley."

Manager Dave Challinor said: "I am delighted that Luke has decided to sign his contract and stay.

"For him, last season didn’t finish the way he wanted it to but his potential and talent is clear for everyone to see.

"We are looking forward to working with him in a new league and hope he can start in a positive way."

While Molyneux wasn't a frequent starter in the Pools team last season, the new deal presents an opportunity for the player to take a crack at the Football League and an opportunity to earn a place in Dave Challinor's side. 

Pools are in action Spennymoor Town in the pre-season friendly this evening where Molyneux is expected to start the match at the Brewery Field. 

Meanwhile, Zaine Francis-Angol is expected to sign a new deal with the club.