Lee has been assistant Lead Coach for a number of years, working with Jamie Clapham and Paul Jenkins before Paul Stephenson.

He has been heavily involved in several successes for our U23 team in recent seasons - including a treble trophy haul in the 2015/16 campaign - as well as helping a string of youngsters step up to first team level.

Middlesbrough-born, Graeme was a vastly-experienced player, amassing over 500 games, predominantly as a centre-back, with seven clubs and was captain of Doncaster Rovers when scoring the winning goal in their Football League Trophy win over Bristol Rovers at the Millennium Stadium in 2007.

He was named Fans’ Player of the Year at Sheffield Wednesday, where the captain’s armband was worn, an honour bestowed at Bradford City too.

The majority of his games were with Hartlepool, but it was at Pools’ rivals Darlington that he worked with our Academy manager Craig Liddle. There he played on after his contract was terminated, along with everyone else on the playing staff, when Darlington hit the financial buffers and all but went out of business in January 2012.

Respected by players and staff alike, Graeme will continue to use all his experience to play a pivotal role in the development of young players.

His first game in charge will come in a friendly away to Dunston on Thursday July 11.