Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Boro Boss Tipping Tom to Shine; HARTLEPOOL UNITED F.C

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Boro Boss Tipping Tom to Shine; HARTLEPOOL UNITED F.C

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Byline: By ADAM STEEL

GARETH SOUTHGATE is tipping Boro striker Tom Craddock to shine during his month-long loan at Hartlepool.

Craddock, 21, joined Pools last week and made his debut from the bench in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Cheltenham.

He missed a good chance to open his account after coming on just after the hour but Boro boss Southgate believes he will be a hit during his spell with Pools in League One.

"I'm sure Tom will be able to make an impact at that level," said Southgate. "He has got a terrific attitude and he is very hungry to go there and do well.

"They are getting somebody that will hopefully do the business for them."

Craddock has had minimal first team opportunities at the Riverside, finding himself behind Dong Gook Lee and Ben Hutchinson before the former Arnold Town striker signed for Celtic.

Southgate said it is the right time for him to go out on loan and hopefully get a run of games.

"At Tom's age and at this stage of his development, I think he needs to go and play league football," he told the Gazette. …

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