Harry Worley “can’t wait” to meet his new Hartlepool United team-mates and keep the club on the up.
The towering central defender became Ronnie Moore’s fourth signing of a busy close season when he signed a deal at Victoria Park on Monday.
And while he knows little of Pools or his colleagues, he insisted he had no qualms about joining a team which flirted very closely with the Football League trapdoor last season.
Far from it in fact, he says he is excited by the prospect at Pools.
“One of the main things in football is momentum,” said the 26-year-old who joined from League Two rivals Stevenage after an injury-ruined campaign.
“Obviously, if you looked at the form table, Hartlepool were up somewhere near the top at the end of last season.
“I’m sure we won’t be down there in the new season.
“I don’t know much about the squad.
“Last season I spent nearly all my time doing re-hab on my knee so I didn’t really take much notice of the other teams.
“So I can’t wait for pre-season to see what the boys are like.
“I am sure after the results at the end of last year we’ll definitely pick up.”
Worley, who once played a trial game at Pools during Chris Turner’s spell in charge in 2009-10, says the decision to join Pools was not a difficult one.
He held positive talks with Moore and revealed Pools was recommended to him by his Stevenage team-mate Simon Walton.
The decision by then Pools boss Colin Cooper to release the midfielder always looked a bad call and Walton was unhappy to be pushed out the door.
But he showed there are no bad feelings by helping the deal with Worley.
“Over the last few weeks I’ve had a few conversations with the gaffer and I spoke to Simon Walton about it,” said the 6ft 4in former Chelsea centre-half.
“Eventually we got it sorted and I’m really happy.
“Simon is good friends with Sam Collins, the assistant manager, and the contact came through him.
“Simon said what a good club it is and he’d had a great time here.
“Obviously he said it was a good option for me and I was happy to sign.”
But it was Moore who clinched the deal, the Warrington-born player adding: “One of the main things as a player is that you want to feel wanted and the gaffer really made me feel wanted.
“We had some great conversations.”
Moore complained several times last season about the reluctance of some players to locate in the region.
But there were no such worries where Worley is concerned.
Following his start at Stockport County, his career has taken him to Chelsea, Doncaster Rovers, Carlisle United, Leicester City, Luton Town, Crewe Alexandra, Oxford United, Newport County and Stevenage.
“I’ve not got a wife or kids and I’ve played all over the country, I’m not botheed where I go,” he said.
“As long as I’m playing football, I’m happy.”