IF people think Craig Hignett is joining Hartlepool United to entertain the troops, then they will need to think again.
From Huyton, on Merseyside, Higgy easily fits into the “cheery Scouser” category and is rarely short of a word, a quip or a smile.
He is a popular and entertaining figure on the after-dinner speaking circuit and has an excellent pundit for BBC Tees, as the co-commentator to Ali Brownlee at Middlesbrough’s games.
But the 43-year-old is deadly serious about ghis football though new boss Colin Cooper admits his personality is an important part of his make-up.
“He is a Scouser and he does have a great sense of humour,” Cooper told SportMail.
“He has great attributes, but don’t forget he was a very very good player.
“His stock trade his attacking, he was up the other end to me, so we will complement each other.
“Craig brings a real bubbly personality which I think we are all going to need.
“He has passion for the game, whether it’s working for BBC Tees, coaching at the academy or doing scouting.
“He was due to be scouting at the weekend [for Middlesbrough] but obviously I told him he can’t go!
“When I was given the opportunity to bring someone in, Craig was the obvious choice.
“He brings so many skills. He’s not just a good coach, he’s a good man.
“We need people who have energy and enthusiasm to throw everything into this challenge and he will.
“Craig is as excited about this as I am and I am lucky to have him alongside me.”
SEE Monday’s Mail for full story and three pages on Colin Cooper’s arrival at Pools