A VERBAL lashing from the manager in front of your new team-mates is just what any player needs to feel right at home.
At least that is the view of summer signing Colin Nish who has revealed that a dressing down from gaffer Mick Wadsworth soon signalled the end of his honeymoon period.
Even a double strike during the recent draw with FC Den Bosch in Holland didn’t shelter the former Hibernian man from the storm as Pools squandered a two-goal lead.
But Nish, who will run out at Victoria Park for the first time against Barnsley this evening, told SportMail he’s enjoying life in his new surroundings.
“The boys have welcomed me with open arms because you can be a wee bit quiet when you first join a new club,” said the Scottish frontman.
“It’s always a nervous time but I have to say I’ve enjoyed working with the manager.
“I’ve had my first couple of rollickings from him, which can help you settle in as well.
“If you do something wrong then Mick will let you know about it, and that’s good.
“That’s the same for any of the lads I’ve found and it’s good when a manager keeps on top of things like that.
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“It’s only going to improve you and, even though I’m 30, I feel I can still improve.”
Far from curl his lip at the idea of Wadsworth, who fought tooth and nail to bring him to the club, delivering such a ticking off, Nish is grateful to his new boss for giving him the chance to come to England.
The Pools chief told SportMail last week that Nish had been at the very top of his summer wish list.
And the 30-year-old is determined to repay Wadsworth for the faith he’s shown in him.
“Mick has given me a great opportunity and I’m delighted to be here,” he added.
“Coming to England is one of them things that when you retire you want to be able to say that you played here and gave it a go.
“I didn’t want to regret not doing it and Mick has given me that chance so it’s up to me to repay him.”
Nish and his new team-mates kick off the new campaign in just under three weeks time with a trip to MK Dons.
But the 6ft 3ins centre-forward admits he’s still some way short of where he wants to be ahead of that opening-day date.
He explained: “I can still improve my strength and fitness quite a bit before the start of the season.
“I was pretty knackered during the second game in Holland, but that’s how you want to feel.
“It’s nice when you can see your fitness building and I’m definitely getting there.
“But the most important thing is being right for that first game.
“Tonight’s match will be a good test for us, and for me, and I’m looking forward to playing at The Vic for the first time.”