Nobby Solano in Pools promotion pledge

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HARTLEPOOL United super signing Nobby Solano says he can help fire the club into the Championship for the first time in its history.

The 36-year-old, dubbed the “David Beckham of Peru” at the height of his career with Boca Juniors and Newcastle United, completed his sensational move to Victoria Park on Friday.

Such is Solano’s star, the signing made for national news over the weekend and cast the spotlight on the club for the second time in less than a week, the groundbreaking £100 season-ticket offer also courting widespread interest in recent days.

And, given the buzz which surrounds the club at present, Solano believes that a promotion charge must be their ambition next season.

“This is an exciting time for Hartlepool and I was attracted by the ambition of the club,” the South American told SportMail today.

“It’s a fantastic club with a very passionate support, similar to Newcastle fans.

“We have to believe next season that we can challenge higher up the table towards the play-offs and promotion.

“Anything is possible in football if you believe and have ambition.

“This is a tough league, like the Championship, but why can’t we get promoted next season?

“I have come here to be successful and I know Mick (Wadsworth) thinks we can have a very good year - I can help the club achieve that.”

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