ADRIAN Bevington has joined League Two Hartlepool United as a non-executive director of the club.

The appointment of Bevington was announced earlier this morning alongside Lee Rust who takes on the role as Senior Advisor on the board. 

Bevington's lengthy career has included roles as Head of Communications with England as well a Head of Recruitment at Middlesbrough. 

It's understood that the appointment of Bevington is to help bridge the gap to other North-East clubs in the local area, the likes of Newcastle United, Boro and Sunderland, and potentially act as a feeder club to breed younger players or seize upon loan options. 

Pools failed in attempted bids for former loanee Lewis Cass, now at Port Vale, and Boro striker Stephen Walker, who is now on loan at Tranmere Rovers. 

Bevington told the club website.  “With such a feeling of positivity around the club, I’m delighted that Raj has asked me to join Hartlepool United as a Non-Executive Director. 

"Watching the games has been brilliant with the fantastic atmosphere the fans are generating at Victoria Park and away from home. This in combination with the outstanding job Dave Challinor, his staff and the team are doing has given the club superb foundations to build on.” 

“Hopefully I can draw on my experience and relationships in the game to support Raj, Lee, Dave, Stephen and all the loyal and hard working staff to help continue with this positive momentum.”