Hartlepool United boss Matthew Bates reacts to the signing of non-league goal machine

New boy Niko Muir.
New boy Niko Muir.

Matthew Bates thinks new boy Niko Muir is exactly the type of striker needed to lead Hartlepool United's National League charge.

The 25-year-old striker penned a deal at Victoria Park after Pools agreed a £10,000 fee with Isthmian League outfit Hendon.

Matthew Bates (right) talks to assistant Ged McNamee (left).

Matthew Bates (right) talks to assistant Ged McNamee (left).

And despite his lack of experience further up the non-league pyramid, Bates is convinced Muir, who scored 40 goals in all competitions last season, is the perfect fit for Pools.

The boss also hinted that former Pools No 2 Curtis Fleming, now at QPR, may well have played a part in the deal.

"This morning we were delighted to finalise the signing of Niko Muir," said Bates to the club's official website.

"It’s one that came up first at the end of last season but you get loads of names thrown at you when you’re a manager.

"It got brought up again a few weeks ago and the more we watched him and did our homework, the more convinced we became that he is the kind of player we want.

"People upload their goals to YouTube – anyone can do that, but we were able to watch plenty of action of Niko playing in full games and in their play-offs at the end of last season.

"We also spoke to QPR who had him on trial last season and they were full of praise as well so it just got more exciting the further we went down the line so we’re delighted to get the deal done."

It's not just his goals tally that impressed Bates.

Muir's attitude when he met the manager face-to-face was the deciding factor in taking a gamble of the Londoner.

"What I got from him when we spoke was how determined he was," said Bates.

"He’s a London lad, has lived there his whole life and has family, friends and a partner but he said all the right things and he wants to give this a good crack.

"That shows his desire to succeed and I think he has all the mental attributes to do well for us."