Hartlepool United midfielder joins National League rivals

Mark Shelton, a former player for Hartlepool United who won a promotion, has joined National League foe Barnet.
Shelton, an Oldham native, joins the Bees as manager Dean Brennan’s seventh summer addition.

During his four years in the North East, the 27-year-old enjoyed great popularity. He made over 100 appearances and was a crucial member of the midfield trio known as the “wolf pack,” which proved to be crucial as Pools earned promotion from the National League in 2021.

Shelton joined Pools on loan in December 2019 after being promoted three times while playing for Salford. He scored three goals in 14 games and did well enough to be offered a permanent deal the following summer.

In his first full season under Dave Challinor, he made 39 appearances, playing all 120 minutes and earning his penalty in the play-off final. He also assisted Pools in their return to the Football League.

The hard-working and determined box-to-box midfielder was a regular in Pools’ first season back in the Football League, but his opportunities were limited the next season and he was frequently used out of position. Less than a month before he left, he scored a memorable goal against Harrogate after a roving run from full-back.

He joined Oldham in January of last year, but he struggled in Greater Manchester and was only able to play in 30 league games throughout his one and a half seasons at Boundary Park.

Shelton joins a Barnet team that placed second in the National League the previous year. After fending off interest from League Two Swindon in manager Dean Brennan, the team has had a busy summer, adding a number of new players, including highly-regarded keeper Nick Hayes and seasoned defender Joe Kizzi.

Shelton stated on the Barnet club website that he was hoped to assist his new team improve on the previous season and make a return to the Football League.

“I’m really happy to get a deal over the line,” he stated.

“I’ve had a couple conversations with the gaffer, and he was really excited about my joining, which really influenced my choice.

“Barnet had an outstanding season the previous year, and I want to help the team return to the Football League.

“I can’t wait to get going.”

Dean Brennan, the manager, said that he had been keeping an eye on Shelton for a while.

“I’m thrilled with this one,” he declared. The previous season, we made multiple attempts to sign Shelts.

I have always respected him as a player.

“He’s a great character, hugely experienced and his mentality and attributes will help upgrade our midfield.”

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