Padraig Amond claims he did not force Hartlepool United move, as Newport County switch confirmed

Padraig Amond
Padraig Amond

Departed Hartlepool United striker Padraig Amond has refuted claims he went on strike to force a move.

Amond was today confirmed as a Newport County player, signing a two-year deal with the League Two outfit.

And he has taken to social media to play down claims made by former manager Craig Harrison this week, stating he refused to to travel with the team to the weekend loss at Bromley.

The player tweeted: "FWIW I never refused to travel or play last Saturday and certainly didn't go on strike or ever would go on strike as reported."

He added: "I want to thank everyone and wish all @Official_HUFC the best in the future and I hope is a successful season for the club."

On the move itself he said: "Delighted to have signed and can't wait to get started at the club."

In a statement on the Newport website, boss Michael Flynn revealed he has been tracking Amond all summer.

And while he expressed his delight at sealing the deal, he also revealed it was manager Harrison who made the call "out of the blue" to set the departure of the 29-year-old Irish striker up.

Flynn said: "This is a big signing for us.

"We have been tracking Podge since we started our recruitment campaign but we thought the deal was dead when the first offer was refused. Hartlepool were understandably reluctant to let him go.

"To get a call out of the blue from Craig Harrison last Wednesday saying Padraig could go was a pleasant surprise. We worked on the deal over the weekend and I was delighted to get it over the line before the game yesterday.

"It’s great to get Padraig in. He will add goals and experience and is a great character around the dressing room. This deal also shows the club is going in the right direction as we can sign a player for an undisclosed fee within the budget."

*Tomorrow, read exclusively what Amond had to say about his final week at Pools in the Hartlepool Mail.