Josh Rowbotham is a scholar with Hartlepool United. A defender or midfielder, he is a product of the club's Centre of Excellence and was already a regular for the youth team when he signed scholarship forms ahead of the 2010-11 season. Josh made great progress in his first season as a scholar and was rewarded with occasional reserve team appearances. His promise was recognised by Pools? manager Mick Wadsworth, and in April 2011 he acquitted himself well when making his first team debut against Tranmere Rovers.