New Hartlepool United signing Jake Carroll has revealed he was convinced to join Pools after boss Ronnie Moore told him he was “desperate” to bring him to Victoria Park.
Pools made their fifth signing of the summer when Carroll flew in from Ireland to agree a deal yesterday.
He (Moore) told me he has been watching me for a while and that he was desperate for me to come to PoolsJake Carroll
And the 23-year-old left-back revealed that being near the top of Moore’s wish list helped make up his mind.
Carrol said: “The big thing about coming here was that I felt wanted.
“I felt like I was near the top of the gaffer’s list to come here.
“So as long as you feel that from a manager then you will want to come and sign.
“He told me he has been watching me for a while and that he was desperate for me to come to Hartlepool.
“He thinks I can do well here and, if I work hard, I think I can too.”
Carroll was released by Huddersfield Town at the end of the 2014/15 campaign following a two-year stay with The Terriers.
At the beginning of last season he moved north of the border on loan to SPL outfit Partick Thistle, where he made 13 appearances before injury forced his return to Huddersfield.
“I’m delighted to be here, I’ve been keen to come and I’m pleased to get it all sorted now,” said Carroll.
“I’m really excited to get back in to it now – six weeks off is plenty for me, I just want to get back in training and back to playing football.
“I’ve been asking around about the club and about Ronnie Moore and everything that people told me was good.
“It was mainly that the club shouldn’t have been in the position they were in last year.
“I’ve heard great stuff about Ronnie too, he obviously did a great job here last season so everything I’ve heard has been very positive, added Carroll, who was talking to Pools Player.
Born in London, Carroll was brought up near Dublin where he made his name with St Patrick’s Athletic, for whom he gained experience in the Europa League in 2012.
He signed for Huddersfield in April 2013 after the South Yorkshire club paid an undisclosed fee for him.
Carroll enjoyed a loan spell at Bury in February 2014, scoring his first goal in English football in The Shakers’ 4-1 win over Mansfield Town.
Carroll – who can also play in midfield – will sign for Pools subject to the necessary Football League clearance.
Pools Confirm More Pre-Season Games
With Ronnie Moore’s squad already starting to take shape for 2015/16, the Club is in a position to confirm a number of pre-season friendlies to take place ahead of the new campaign.
The Pools boss is set to lead his new-look outfit in to a gruelling army boot camp upon their return to pre-season training before embarking on a series of friendly fixtures prior to the big kick-off.
Meanwhile, aving previously confirmed a home game against Chesterfield on Saturday, August 1, Pools will also now line-up against League One outfit Scunthorpe United at The Vic on Tuesday, July 21.
Pools first pre-season friendly will take place at Billingham Town on Monday, July 13 before a team will also head to Harrogate Railway the following evening.
Spennymoor Town will form the opposition for the next confirmed outing when Pools travel to The Brewery Field on Saturday, July 18.