Began his career with Newport County
While Regan Poole spent time in the Manchester United Academy, he did, in fact, begin his career in Wales with Newport County.
Cardiff-born, Poole joined the Exiles as a scholar in June 2014 and made his debut for the Rodney Parade later that year as a 16-year-old.
He played 17 times in total for Newport County before earning his move to Manchester United in September 2015.
Poole had received offers from a number of Premier League clubs prior to his move to Old Trafford, including early interest from the Red Devils themselves.
Before he had even made his first-team debut for Newport County, Poole spent time on trial with Manchester United.
The defender went close to signing for Fulham during the 2014/15 season but instead remained at Rodney Parade. He would, though, go on trial to Liverpool at the end of the season, travelling with the Reds to an international tournament.
It was Manchester United, though, who would win the race to sign Poole, securing the then 17-year-old for a reported £100,000 plus add-ons.
Played in the UEFA Europa League
Poole’s one and only appearance for Manchester United came in Europe, with the defender featuring off the bench in their UEFA Europa League 5-1 win over FC Midtjylland in February 2016.
Late in a game remembered for Marcus Rashford scoring twice on his debut, Poole replaced Ander Herrera to help see out the victory for Louis van Gaal’s side.
Displayed his versatility in loan spells
Poole has commonly featured in defence during his career, playing in both a central role and on the right-hand side but during his loan spell with Northampton Town, he also displayed his ability to play in midfield.
Under the management of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Poole was heavily utilised as a midfielder which was a position he also featured in while playing for Manchester United’s reserve side.
That versatility will be vital, with Paul Tisdale keen on his players being flexible enough to play different roles during games.
Captain on the international stage
Poole has been a regular for Wales at youth level ever since making his international debut back in October 2014 with the Under-17s.
He played four times at Under-17s level, before joining up with the Under-19s in November 2015. Poole featured just three times, though, as he was quickly called up to the Under-21s set-up.
Making his Under-21 debut at the age of 18, Poole has since gone on to earn 13 caps at the age bracket. He has captained the side on four occasions, including just two days ago against Albania.
The focus now for Poole will be on catching Ryan Giggs’ eye and breaking into the senior side, especially after having a taste of it last year when he was called up to the preliminary squad for a friendly against Mexico.
Played a key role in Newport County’s terrific 2018/19 season
A January loan signing at Rodney Parade, Poole had an instant impact with his former club and helped them enjoy one of their best-ever seasons.
The defender quickly established himself as a first-team regular and in only his second appearance, helped the Exiles hold Middlesbrough to a draw in the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup.
Poole and Newport would go on to beat Boro in the replay secure a plum tie against Manchester City in the Fifth Round. Although they were knocked out by the eventual winners, they did put up a spirited performance - Poole receiving plaudits for hid display.
He was also having an impact in the league, helping to guide the Welsh club to a play-off finish in League Two. Poole & Co would reach the final courtesy of a penalty shoot-out success over Mansfield Town although they were beaten at Wembley Stadium by Tranmere Rovers.
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