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Pools sign midfielder Gamble from Cork

Joe G - signed

By Charlie Summerbell
January 5 2010

Hartlepool United have signed Cork City midfield Joe Gamble, the second player to join the club from the Irish side following the summer switch by striker Denis Behan. Gamble was available on a free transfer after hard-up Cork could not afford to pay his wages last month, and signs after a successful trial at the Vic.

Leon McSweeney, signed from Stockport during the summer, is another former Cork player in the Pools squad.
Gamble, who is 27 and has two Irish caps, is the sort of holding midfield player boss Chris Turner has been looking for since the summer, following the last-minute collapse of his move for another Cork player, Colin Healy.
He signed for Ipswich and was a possible loan target for Turner during the January window, but it’s thought his wages are too high for Pools to match.

Gamble spent three years with reading from 2001 to 2004, but failed to make an impact and returned to Ireland, where he was a League of Ireland title winner in 2005.
Gamble has been given the number 30 in the Pools squad, and is expected to be in the squad for Saturday’s game at Charlton – if it goes ahead.

Editor's note
once again, we have been forced to take disciplinary action against the writer of this article because he failed to use a single pun using the surname Gamble. I bet he's sick now.

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Pools sign midfielder Gamble from Cork
Discussion started by The Box of Kippers , 05/01/2010 17:21
The Box of Kippers
05/01/2010 17:21
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05/01/2010 19:08
Glad to see we wrapped this signing up as quickly as possible.

Pools seem to always drag out their signings and sometimes we miss out but this is a done deal 5 days into the transfer window so well done to them.

Rift House
06/01/2010 10:21
Even more well done if he can add something to the team. We do need somebody who can get stuck in like Widdrington and Boland used to.
I sometimes think we are too "nice".

SportNetwork HQ
06/01/2010 12:52
By all accounts he was very impressive in training. A holding midfield player was one thing we wanted - the other is someone with real pace

06/01/2010 22:32
I've watched him a good few times, quality player in my humble opinion.

Should have a posotive impact on the team smiling smiley

Rift House
07/01/2010 10:36
Thanks Briansmurph ... Behan is out injured at the moment, but he's been a very good signing.
Any more where they came from?
We were supposed to be getting a lot of talent from Scandinavia, but Ireland seems a better place to go at present.

SportNetwork HQ
07/01/2010 10:52
Our good luck is obviously bad news for Cork City which is a great shame for them.

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