Jack Munns may be the only Essex boy at Pools, but the former Cheltenham wideman feels right at home in the North East.
Towie, Mark Wright, Jamie Oliver, Russell Brand – just some of the more, shall we say, famous exports from Munns’ neck of the woods.
I really like the way we are trying to play football. He (Craig Harrison) is perfect for me
And the 23-year-old summer signing from Cheltenham Town is hoping to make a similar name for himself in his new adopted home.
“I like it,” he said of moving to Hartlepool ahead of this afternoon’s season-opening clash with Dover Athletic at the Vic.
“I am the only Essex boy in the squad, but the place is really good. I have loved it here so far. I speak for all of the new lads when I say this, but it has been very easy to settle at this football club.
“The lads that have been here have been welcoming.”
Born and bred in Dagenham, winger Munns has really bought into the Pools way this summer.
Manager Craig Harrison, a Gateshead lad, has come to helm and instilled a new style of play and mentality to the dressing-room, wiping out any potential hangover from relegation to the National League.
“He is perfect for me,” said Munns of ex-TNS boss Harrison.
“I really like the way that we are trying to play football.
“It won’t happen every week – we might have to adapt – but I like the role I am playing.
“It is different for me, but I feel like I can get forward more and get in the box.
“Hopefully that will bring with it goals and assists.
“That is what I want to bring in to the side.”
Munns, who netted twice this summer including in last weekend’s win over Middlesbrough Under-23s, added: “Winning games is the only thing that is going to get us out of this division.
“It is nice to go into the first game having won the last one.
“When pre-season starts, all you are looking for is the first fixture.
“We have got rid of the cobwebs from the summer. I think we are ready. The boys are brimming with confidence.”
Meanwhile, manager Harrison, whose side will be skippered by Carl Magnay, has called on his players to keep cool heads in the opener.
“The preparation has been done, we’re ready for the game and it’s very exciting,” said Harrison.
“We’ve got to make sure we’re as professional as we can be and not get too carried away – it’s three points and it’s one game, but I know it’s important that we start well.
“This game won’t define the season, but there will definitely be a feelgood factor if we can get the three points to kick us on because there are lots of games in the first two months.
“We have a job to do and, as much we want to get pumped up, we can’t let our emotions run too high and let it take away from our gameplan.
“We will be up for it, but we have to let our heads rule our hearts in terms of what we’re going to try and do.”