MICK Wadsworth hopes that the signing of Nathan Luscombe will be “the first of many” as he begins the summer shake-up at Victoria Park.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder agreed terms with Pools on Friday following a successful trial period at Maiden Castle.
And the need for further offensive reinforcements was brought home at Hillsborough just 24 hours later as Pools registered just one effort on target during a toothless display which ended in a 2-0 defeat.
Wadsworth told SportMail: “Our attacking output has been our problem all season and I get fed up talking about it.
“There’s no point in talking anymore, everyone knows we don’t many goals from front rank.
“Nobody has set the world on fire, one or two will say they’ve not had many chances and I understand that but I see every reserve game, I see them in training every day and judge them.
“We have had to play in a way we will get chances from elsewhere and we’ve done that.
“What can we change? We can change quite a few things at the end of the season, I’m sure.
“That’s what we have to do as a club and make the right decisions.”
Luscombe, comfortable in both the middle of midfield and on the left flank, was released by Premier League Sunderland having come through the youth ranks at the Stadium of Light.
And Wadsworth is delighted to tie up his signature at this early stage.
He added: “I hope Nathan is the first (signing) of many.
“We need a change around to supplement the squad and thin the squad - that’s the name of the game at the end of the season.
“We’ve got one in already now.
“Nathan has done well since he’s been with us in training and reserve games.
“He’s caught the eye for us when we played Sunderland reserves and I think he is the right sort.
“He’s a tough guy but is a very good footballer and more than anything he has been desperate, busting his bridges, to join Hartlepool United.
“That is a wonderful thing. Other clubs wanted him, but we gave him a chance and I’m delighted with his attitude.
“He’s a good age to develop and we believe he can do that here.”