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Ex-Bolton, Rochdale and Blackpool player joins National League club

An ex-Bolton Wanderers, Rochdale and Blackpool player joins National League club Hartlepool United, it’s been confirmed this week.

It was just a month ago that he signed up Northern Premier League Premier Division outfit Matlock Town, with many fans saying they’re surprised he’s dropped down the leagues for non league football.

The Gladiators gave Joe Bunney his debut in their away game against South Shields, and helped Matlock to win 1-0 and send them 4th in the table.

Bunney was incredibly close to scoring on his first game in a Matlock shirt, however he did provide an assist to Alex Byrne in the second half of the game.

Matlock wrote on social media: All the best to @Bunney_93 who is departing us after a short spell to link up with @Official_HUFC and make a return to full-time football. Joe was a model professional while with us and we could not be more pleased to have helped him get back to doing what he loves.

Joe Bunnney wrote: “Big thank you to@Matlock_TownFC @phillo07 for letting me get some game time minutes in my legs & @AFCFylde for continuing to let me train daily during a difficult period for everyone & All the best for the rest of the season no doubt both will be right up there.

Matlock added:When @Bunney_93 came to us, he was always honest about his desire to get back in to the fulltime game, we knew we could help him and it speaks volumes about the club and what manager @phillo07 has built that players come here to rekindle their love of the game.

Our values as a club and as part of a community is to help improve the lives of all those involved on and off the pitch and to be a positive impact on our community and long may that continue

Hartlepool United are delighted to announce the signing of Joseph Bunney on a short term deal.

Bunney, who is six foot five, has spent his career playing as both a forward and a full back bringing both flexibility and experience to Challinor’s side.

Bunney began his career with spells at Lancaster City, Kendal Town, Stockport County and Northwich Victoria.

He made his EFL debut for Rochdale in 2013 and during his time with the Dales, he was converted from a forward to a defensive player where he then went on to play 160 times between 2013 and 2018, as well as a loan spell in the first half of 2019.

He moved to Northampton Town at the start of 2018 and went on to play 18 times for the Cobblers.

He also had a loan period at Blackpool and former club Rochdale in the 2018/19 season before moving to Bolton last year. Bunney then had a short spell with Matlock Town at the beginning of this season.

Dave Challinor added: ‘Delighted to sign Joe at what is a very busy period for ourselves. His quality, experience and flexibility to play in various positions will be a big plus to the squad. In the sessions he’s been with us you can already see that he’ll fit in seamlessly’.


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