Ex-Wolves striker thrilled to be fit at Hartlepool United

Jake Cassidy: Back in action for Pools.
Jake Cassidy: Back in action for Pools.

Jake Cassidy hopes his injury niggles are behind him after returning to the Hartlepool United side at St Johnstone.

Cassidy, the first of Craig Harrison’s eight summer signings, resumed on Saturday after shaking off hamstring trouble.

“I had a good work-out, it felt fine and I’m looking to crack on in training.”

Jack Cassidy

The striker came through a 45-minute run-out unscathed at McDiarmid Park and hopes it will now be all systems go towards the National League opener against Dover Athletic on Saturday, August 5.

“It’s been a little niggle,” he explained.

“It’s been frustrating but it’s not been worth trying to push through that barrier and maybe something more serious happening.

“I think the gaffer and medical staff here have managed it properly.

“I’d rather miss five or six days of training than five or six weeks with a pulled hamstring.

“I’d only trained twice during the week so doing just one half was the sensible decision.

“It was nice to get 45 minutes in and I’m quite confident of getting fit [for the season] without having too many games.

“I had a good work-out, it felt fine and I’m looking to crack on in training.”

Cassidy said Saturday’s match at the top-flight Scottish side was just what Pools needed.

“It was a difficult game against a good team at their place,” he said.

“It was a case of getting the game-plan the gaffer wants to implement this season and it worked in some aspects though we still have a bit of work to do on that.

“We still have a couple of games to go and hopefully we can install it against Middlesbrough and then take it into the start of the season.

“St Johnstone are a good side, who passed the ball around well, and they really tested our shape and defensive capabilities.

“In stages we did really well to nullify their attacks.

“The goal could probably have been avoided but it’s pre-season and we have the time to iron that stuff out.

“We can really push on now for the start of the season.

“It’s about all the lads getting minutes in, getting stronger and fitter and aiming towards that first game of the season against Dover.”