HARTLEPOOL United chairman Ken Hodcroft admits that he never dreamt the club would be able to pull off the signing of Nobby Solano.
The Pools supremo was approached by first-team coach Mick Wadsworth following the end of the season and sounded out about a move for the 36-year-old midfielder.
Hodcroft, though, was somewhat sceptical about the chances of landing the former Newcastle United ace.
So when Wadsworth returned with the news that Solano was prepared to listen to the club’s offer, the Geordie businessman was more than happy to give the move the green light.
The Peruvian, who had worked with Wadsworth under Sir Bobby Robson on Tyneside, quickly agreed terms at Victoria Park and was unveiled as the first signing of the summer, much to the delight of Hodcroft.
“We had a meeting with Mick at the end of the season and he indicated to us that Nobby Solano might be a target,” explained the 57-year-old.
“We were a bit sceptical at first about whether or not somebody like Nobby might be interested in coming.
“We thought he might be staying at Hull City so we weren’t too hopeful at the time.
“But Mick said ‘let me go away and have a chat with him and I’ll see what’s what’.
“To our delight Nobby said that he had enjoyed working with Mick at Newcastle and was interested in coming.
“As he said himself he lives in the North East now and that was a big attraction for him, and it really didn’t take long to sort things out.
“We were keen and he was keen and when you have two parties like that it doesn’t take much negotiation.”
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