Palace starlet Gray set for Hartlepool loan

HITC Sport understands Crystal Palace youngster Jake Gray is set for a loan move to Hartlepool United.

Crystal Palace midfielder Jake Gray is poised to join League Two club Hartlepool on loan, HITC Sport understands from sources to the club.

Palace signed Gray as a 15-year-old from Wycombe Wanderers and he has worked his way up the ranks to the fringes of the first-team with a number of eye-catching displays in the youth side.

The midfield dynamo is highly-regarded at Palace and made his debut last season with two substitute appearances in the Capital One Cup against Walsall and Newcastle.

Palace handed Gray a new two-year deal in the summer and he is seen as a future star at Selhurst Park.

Gray has impressed in Palace's Under-21s this season and Eagles boss Alan Pardew is ready to send him out on loan so that he can gain some valuable first-team experience.

The 19-year-old also enjoyed a month out on loan last season at Cheltenham, making four appearances for the club in League Two.

A number of Football League clubs have shown an interest in Gray, but Ronnie Moore's Hartlepool are set to win the race for the youngster's signature.

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