HARTLEPOOL United have a fight on their hands to keep hold of top scorer Luke Molyneux with several clubs monitoring his situation.

The 24-year-old winger, who has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season, is out of contract in the summer. Several clubs higher up the football pyramid are said to be interested in Molyneux after an excellent season with Pools in League Two.

As well as finishing top scorer, Molyneux took a clean sweep at the club’s end of season awards winning the Players Player of the Year and Fans Player of the Year.

Molyneux’s time at the club began in January 2019 on an initial loan deal before making a permanent switch in the summer following his release from Sunderland. He’s gone on to make 110 appearances for the club scoring 17 goals.

Despite finding game time hard to come by in the National League last season, Molyneux extended his deal at the club by a further year ignoring interest elsewhere at the time and has gone on to be a main figurehead in the side.

There has been no indication of where the winger’s future lies but as things stand, clubs have been alerted to his situation recently and Pools bracing themselves for competition for his signature.

Meanwhile, the club is still locked in talks with several other first-team players over a contract extension. The likes of Ben Killip, Gary Liddle, Timi Odusina, Mark Shelton and Joe Grey are all free to leave in the summer with their deals set to come to an end in July.

However, the club are now in the process of shortlisting candidates for the vacant manager’s position and are hopeful of completing an appointment in a month’s time. The new boss may well have their own say on who will potentially stay at the club.