MICK Wadsworth believes that Hartlepool United have pulled off an “incredible coup” with the signing of South American superstar Nolberto Solano.
The former Newcastle United winger, Peru’s most celebrated sporting export, joins Pools in a move which has thrown the national spotlight on Victoria Park.
And Wadsworth, who was at St.James’ Park at the same time as Solano, is thrilled at the prospect of joining forces with the player he admits was “a joy to work with”.
“It’s a great signing and what an incredible coup it is,” the Pools boss told SportMail.
“Not just for the club but for our players to have the chance to play alongside him and for our younger players to learn from him.
“He was a joy to work with at Newcastle and I just can’t wait to work with him once again.
“He was the same happy person every day and the same fantastic player every game – a real pleasure to have, he’s just a really great character.
“He’s got fantastic pedigree and it’s terribly exciting to have a player like that on our books.”
Solano, now 36 years old, was turning out for Championship side Hull City last season and had the opportunity to remain on Humberside.
However, with no guarantee of regular football, the offer from his former coach Wadsworth was too good to turn down.
“He had the chance to stay at Hull but he wants to play more,” added the Pools chief.
“This isn’t a swansong for him – the deal was done quickly because he just wants to play football and enjoy football.
“Yes, he’s coming to the end of his career, we can’t run away from that, but that might be a few years away yet.”
Read the full story in Saturday’s Mail and see Monday’s Mail for reaction from the man himself, Nobby Solano.