Colin Nish fit again and bidding to revive Pools career

Colin Nish jumps for joy after his 2nd goal against Bury. Picture by FRANK REID
Colin Nish jumps for joy after his 2nd goal against Bury. Picture by FRANK REID

FIT-again Colin Nish will report for pre-season training at Maiden Castle tomorrow bidding to revive his Hartlepool United career.

The 31-year-old striker has been working throughout the summer with physio James Haycock having undergone knee surgery in March.

That ruled him out for the remainder of last season and he is yet to start a game under Neale Cooper, his appearance restricted to just five substitute outings.

Injury put paid to any potential return to Nish’s native Scotland, as had been mooted in some quarters, and the former Hibernian man will now be given the chance to prove his worth at Victoria Park.

“Colin has been working extremely hard over the summer,” Cooper told SportMail today.

“He’s had his problems with injury but James has told me he’s done really well.

“He has a chance now to knuckle down and get stuck in to pre-season.

“Colin would admit himself he probably has to do more on the pitch.

“But if he can do that then it would be a huge bonus and it’ll be good to see him back.”

It was just over 12 months ago that Nish penned a two-year deal at the Vic having been brought to the club by former manager Mick Wadsworth.

He began the season well, scoring twice during the summer tour of Holland before nailing down a starting jersey during the club-record unbeaten opening to the campaign.

Nish lost his place in the side in October and within four weeks had undergone the first of what was to be two knee operations.

He made a scoring return as a substitute in the 4-0 win over Carlisle United in January before injury struck again.

Nish will now be hoping to impress compatriot Cooper over the coming weeks and could be involved in the first warm-up game against Dutch outfit Telstar at Voetbalveld Stabilitas in Heiloo, the same venue at which he netted twice in a 2-2 draw with Den Bosch last July.

Meanwhile, one-time Pools target Farid El Alagui, a free agent after his contract expired at SPL side Falkirk, has signed for League One Brentford.

The Moroccan striker scored 27 goals from 43 appearances last season and had been on the radar of Cooper.