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James eyes fresh start

Hartlepool teenager Luke James hopes to steer clear of injury as the club look to return to League One at the first attempt.

Last Updated: 26/06/13 at 14:50

Victoria Park: Hartlepool's home

Victoria Park: Hartlepool's home

James burst on to the first-team scene at Victoria Park two months after his 17th birthday during the 2011/12 season when he scored in his fifth appearance for the club against Rochdale.

But after recovering from a back injury last summer, the 18-year-old's progress was further halted when he had surgery to resolve a double hernia problem in October.

"It's been frustrating for me at times over the last couple of seasons," James told the club's official website.

"I've not had loads of injuries, I just seem to get one and it goes on for a while.

"Hopefully now I can wipe the slate clean, have no injuries and put that all behind me so I can just concentrate on my football.

"I have a few targets in mind, but I wouldn't like to say too much because I'll be disappointed if I don't make them.

"One that I am not afraid to say is that I don't want to get injured, I just so desperately don't want to get injured."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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