The 29-year-old midfielder is training with Hartlepool United, confirms Keith Curle

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Hartlepool United boss Keith Curle has confirmed Midfielder Luke Williams is training with the club but insisted there was no contract offer on the table.

Former Hartlepool United midfielder Williams entered a new chapter in his career earlier this year.

After his contract with Gateshead expired, he was signed by Icelandic outfit UMF Vikingur Olafsvik. It is the first time he has played outside England in his career having spent much of his time plying his trade in the EFL.

However, it has now emerged that he has returned to these shores.

As confirmed at Hartlepool Courier by Pools boss Curle, Williams is training with the League Two club.

Curle insisted there were no offers on the table for the midfielder. The Icelandic season is on hiatus at the moment and to maintain his fitness, Williams has teamed up with Hartlepool United for training. Here’s what Curle had to say:

“He came here, but only because we help the boy.

“He’s back from Iceland, they have a downturn in their season, and he wants to keep fit so we gave him the opportunity.

“There is no offer on the table for Luke, it’s just us opening the doors and giving him the opportunity to come and train. There’s nothing better for him in his off-season. to come and train. He wants to be involved in football rather than being involved with the personal trainer, doing the hard work.

Curle was then directly asked about a possible deal for Williams, to which he replied:

“Not at the minute, no.

“He wants to keep honing his skills. The boy has talent, but he’s not for us right now.

A favor for a former player…

The former Middlesbrough youngster played all 90 minutes for Vikingur Olafsvik before the season was suspended so it looks like he still has a role to play with the Icelandic side.

Training with Hartlepool United during the break should allow him to retain a regular spot and continue with his new club as well, so it doesn’t look like he’s up for a move at the moment given Curle’s words.

Williams has managed two goals and one assist in 19 games for the Pools over two spells, first joining on loan in 2014 before returning to the club from 2019-2021.

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