MICK Wadsworth has hailed the resurrection of Adam Boyd after the striker’s “road to Damascus” moment at the end of last season.
The 29-year-old appeared to be heading for the Victoria Park exit door having found himself frozen out of the team for the majority of the last campaign.
But after a meeting with Wadsworth, in which the player made promises about his desire to revive his Pools career, a contract extension was agreed.
“He’s seen the light – he’s had a road to Damascus moment!” said Wadsworth in biblial reference to St Paul’s conversion on his way to the Syrian city.
“He’s got himself in fantastic condition – probably the best condition he’s been in for years.
“I hope I’ve had some influence in that because we sat down at the end of the season and said ‘look, this is a critical time for your career. Not for this football club but for you personally’.
“And he’s taken up the baton and has run with it.
“He’s spent a helluva lot of time in the gym this summer and he’s in better shape than I’ve ever seen him.
“That being the case he looks a better player.
“He’s sharper, he’s brighter, he’s never going to be a 100metre sprinter – I’d backed myself in a race over that distance!
“But what he’s doing now is he’s getting to the ball, he’s twisting and turning in the right areas and away from those areas he’s working his socks off as a defender.
“I can’t ask any more of him and I’m sure the goals will come.”
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