Hartlepool United new boy Niko Muir's parting gesture to young fan of former club

Niko Muir
Niko Muir

Hartlepool United signing Niko Muir made one young Hendon fan very happy, despite leaving the seven-year-old disappointed at his departure.

The 40-goal striker, who was a surprise incoming last week in a £10,000 deal, learned of kid James Rogers' devastation at leaving London for Victoria Park.

And as a result, Muir made sure he eased the pain for the young Hendon fan.

A statement on Muir's former club's website read: "Niko Muir's final action before leaving London to head for Hartlepool was to make a seven-year-old supporter a very happy young man.

"Niko had read on twitter that a young supporter was likely to be very disappointed when he was told that Niko was leaving the club, and upon reading the tweet, contacted chairman Simon Lawrence to get contact details for the young fan's Dad, who had posted the tweet.

"Simon passed on the contact details, Niko got in touch with John Rogers and made arrangements to meet John and his son, James, at SJP yesterday.

"Upon meeting, Niko handed over one of his signed matchballs that he'd collected during the season for his hat-tricks to James - the ball being the one from the win at Harlow Town in December, and spent some time talking to him. John & James have already pledged to go and watch Niko play for Hartlepool next season when they are at Barnet if they can.

"This was a wonderful gesture by Niko, taking time out from what must be a very busy time for him as he makes the move to Hartlepool, to make a young supporter's day. It shows what a class act Niko is, both on and off the pitch, and it's safe to say that James will be following Niko's progress over the coming years, as well as, of course, continuing to support Hendon."

Muir became Pools' second capture of the summer at the end of last week, following on from the free transfer capture of Myles Anderson from Chester.