Hartlepool United boss Matthew Bates has backed new signing Liam Noble to become a firm fans' favourite at Victoria Park.
The former Sunderland youngster joined Pools from Notts County, having already won promotion from the National League as captain of Forest Green Rovers in 2016/17.
And Bates admitted he was surprised that the opportunity to land the 27-year-old presented itself - while revealing what he believes the midfielder will add to the side this season.
Noble became Bates' fifth addition of the summer - following on from Myles Anderson, Niko Muir, Andrew Davies and Paddy McLaughlin - and Bates is backing him to make an impact.
Indeed, the Pools boss believes that his playing style will see him quickly endear himself to the Victoria Park faithful this season with his signature playing style.
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It is often the case in modern football that potential transfers drag on for weeks, with a conclusion seeming nowhere near.
But that was far from the case during this deal.
Speaking in his most recent blog on the club's official website, Bates revealed how quickly the offer to bring Noble back to the North East transpired - and praised the midfielder's willingness to get the deal done.
"Liam Noble was a fairly quick deal to do and we managed to get it over the line on Saturday morning," Bates admitted.
"He didn’t hide the fact he wanted to come and we didn’t hide the fact we wanted him so the offer went in, we discussed all the details and got it done very quickly."
While the deal was done quickly it did take Bates by surprise, as he admitted that he though such a signing would not be possible.
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But now Noble is at the club, the manager has revealed what he expects to see from the former Carlisle United man this campaign.
He said: "If I’m being honest, Liam was probably a distant target if that’s the right way to phrase it – in that we were interested in bringing him here but didn’t think it would be possible.
"Similar to Andrew Davies, I think he will bring with him experience, leadership in the dressing room and some aggressiveness so I think he will prove to be a fans’ favourite at the Club."
The signing of Noble has certainly caught the eye, and Bates believes the addition serves to emphasises Pools high-standing within the National League.
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And with such ambitious signings, the boss believes his side can push for the play-off places this season.
"It highlights that we’re still a big club in that we can attract players like him and that he was willing to drop down a division to play for us," Bates added.
"He’s only 27 so he has his best years in front of him so it shows the kind of targets we have and what we’re trying to achieve.
"I also would like to think it shows the ambition we have that we’re going after players of Liam’s calibre.
"We’ve never hidden the fact we want to do well; I am the Manager and I want us to finish as high as we can in the new season.
"We want to be up there in the top half, competing for the play-off places and I’m sure all the lads feel the same - that has to be the target."