Hartlepool United part with defender Stephen Wright

Hartlepool United have released defender Stephen Wright following the expiry of his short-term deal at Victoria Park.

The 31-year-old, brought to the club by former head coach Mick Wadsworth  , has been limited to 11 appearances for Pools by an Achilles injury.

Wright's last first-team appearance came in November's 1-0 home defeat by Preston North End.

He will continue to train with Pools in his search for a new club.

Merseyside-born Wright began his career with home-town club Liverpool, before going onto join Crewe, Sunderland, Stoke City, Coventry, and Brentford.