ON the back of Nolberto Solano’s sensational signing, Hartlepool United have also completed the capture of former loan star James Poole and tied down James Brown to a new contract.
In what was an historic day in the history of the club, the good news kept on rolling with former Manchester City forward Poole following Peruvian ace Solano into Victoria Park.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a two-month loan spell with Pools earlier in the season and has been a long-term transfer target of first-team coach Mick Wadsworth, as revealed in SportMail last month.
And Wadsworth told us today: “I liked him from the first time I saw him and it’s another great signing.
“We’ve got both ends of the spectrum with James and Nobby – young and old – but what a day for the club.
“We’re getting a player with bags of ability but with lots of scope and a real desire to improve.”
The highlight of Poole’s stint at The Vic was undoubtedly his headed goal to crown the 3-1 win over eventual champions Brighton & Hove Albion back in November.
He remained at the club for a second month and, despite making just one start, Wadsworth says he saw enough to persuade him to make an end-of-season swoop.
“He did okay when he was here and I kept him for a second month to take a closer look,” he added.
“I was very impressed with what I saw – he’s a terrific trainer, has great pace and excellent technique.
“He’s a bright boy with great enthusiasm and a real need and desire to do well here.
“He came up last week so we could check out a slight knee problem he had after he left us.
“But that was fine and he played in a game up here and was fantastic again.”
Meanwhile, fellow frontman Brown has become the latest player to pen a new contract, following on from team-mates Sam Collins, Andy Monkhouse, Neil Austin and Adam Boyd.