Simon Walton in no doubt over Pools “job description”

Neale Cooper and Simon Walton
Neale Cooper and Simon Walton

SIMON Walton arrives at Hartlepool United in no doubt as to his “job description”.

Pools chief Neale Cooper has made no secret of his longing for a central-midfielder around which to build his team.

And Walton fits the bill.

“When I met the gaffer he told me how one of his top targets was a new player to play in the middle of midfield,” explained the 24-year-old, who last week became Cooper’s second signing of the summer when he joined from Plymouth Argyle.

“He wanted someone who could get on the ball, dictate the play and chip in with a few goals.

“That was the job description and it’s one I like – it suits my game perfectly.

“I’m never happier than when I have the ball at my feet and I like to be in possession and try to make things happen.

“I’ve got goals in my game as well and I know the gaffer wants to add goals to the team.

“So to come in and know exactly what he wants from me is great and I can’t wait to deliver that on the pitch now.”

Walton was the nine-goal top marksman for The Pilgrims last term and the South Coast club were reluctant to let him leave.

However, the Leeds-born star had long since stated his desire to return closer to home and so was allowed to head north to Victoria Park.

Walton will meet his new team-mates at Maiden Castle for the first time today, but he admits there will be no familiar faces in the dressing room.

“I don’t know any of the lads here to be honest,” he said, “I’ve played against them over the years but I don’t know any of them personally.

“That’s fine, though, it’s a new start and I can’t wait to get to know them and get stuck into pre-season.

“We go to Holland at the end of the week and the timing of that is ideal for me.”

Walton has suffered both a broken leg and a cruciate knee-ligament injury in recent seasons, but has been free of fitness problems for over a year.

And he added: “I’m fit and raring to go.

“I’ve had a couple of bad injuries but I’ve been fine for a while now and played over 50 games last season.

“Hopefully I can do the same this time around.”