Departed Hartlepool United fan favourite finds new home

Former Hartlepool United midfielder Gavan Holohan has signed with newly-promoted League One side Crawley Town. The 32-year-old Irishman made 106 appearances for Pools, scoring 21 goals, and was a key player in Dave Challinor’s promotion-winning squad.

Holohan left Victoria Park in March 2022 after falling out of favour under Graeme Lee. He then joined Grimsby Town, where he continued to excel, helping the Mariners secure promotion back to the Football League alongside current Pools talisman Mani Dieseruvwe.

During his time at Blundell Park, Holohan made over 100 appearances and scored two crucial penalties in a historic FA Cup win over Premier League side Southampton, leading Grimsby to the quarter-finals. Despite his contributions, he was released at the end of the season.

Holohan was a fan favourite during a successful three-year spell at Victoria Park, scoring 21 goals in 106 appearances.

He joins a Crawley side that achieved an unexpected promotion to League One by defeating Crewe 2-0 in the play-off final, despite starting the season as favourites for relegation.

However, the West Sussex team has lost seven of the 11 players who started at Wembley, including top scorer Danilo Orsi, a former teammate of Holohan’s, and Adam Campbell, who signed with Pools last month.

“I am really pleased that this deal is done,” Holohan told Crawley’s official club website. “It has been in the pipeline for weeks now, and when I heard about the interest, I knew that I wanted to get the deal over the line. Danilo, who was here last season, is a good pal of mine, and he couldn’t speak highly enough of the club.”

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