MIDDLESBROUGH’S swoop for Craig Hignett from Hartlepool United could be their best signing of the season.
While it is undoubtedly a huge blow for Pools, the capture of Hignett is a coup for Boro, where he enjoyed the best years of his career between 1992 and 1998.
It was an eventful six years on Teesside which included two promotions and an appearance in both the FA Cup Final and the League Cup Final in 1996-97, scoring the first ever goal at the Riverside Stadium as well.
In his final appearance he scored two goals in a 4-1 win over Oxford United at the Riverside to guarantee Boro promotion to the Premier League.
The former Aberdeen, Barnsley and Blackburn Rovers forward also made two appearances for Pools during a brief stint at the end of his career.
He moved into coaching, first with Boro’s Academy and then joining Cooper at Pools last May.
A Middlesbrough FC statement read: “Boro have confirmed the appointment of club legend Craig Hignett as assistant head coach to Aitor Karanka.
“Hignett joins from neighbours Hartlepool United, where he had been assistant manager to Colin Cooper since last summer.
“He brings a wealth of experience and Boro thanked Hartlepool United for their cooperation over the appointment.
“The club also thanked Jamie Clapham for assisting Karanka since he joined the club in October.
“Clapham will now return to his previous role of Senior Professional Development Phase coach, looking after Boro’s U21 side.”cou