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The new season is a week away and Hartlepool remain thin in numbers amid a disappointing pre-season campaign. Of course, pre season means nothing and Hartlepool will hope to begin the season in positive fashion away at Stevenage. With lessons learnt from a dreadful climax to last season for both Colin Cooper and the players, there could well be reasons to be cheerful come the end of the coming season.

Here, we look at six reasons why this could be the season Hartlepool go from a relegation near miss to the ecstasy of a promotion campaign.

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