Hartlepool have completed the loan signing of Sunderland youngster Craig Lynch.

The 20-year-old came through the academy at the Stadium of Light, signed his first professional contract in 2010 and made his first-team debut as a substitute against Fulham in April 2011.

He will stay with Pools for a month and has been signed in time to feature in Saturday's npower League One clash with Carlisle at Victoria Park.