‘The fans are in for a treat’ - Niko Muir keen to deliver goals at Hartlepool United

Hartlepool United's new signing Niko Muir.
Hartlepool United's new signing Niko Muir.

New boy Niko Muir has vowed to hit the ground running at Hartlepool, by bringing his goalden touch to Victoria Park.

The 25-year-old striker, signed for £10,000 from Isthmian League Hendon yesterday, netted a remarkable 40 goals last season down south, 32 of which came in the league.

And he is confident he can carry that kind of goalscoring form two divisions higher with Pools.

“I am confident – you have to back yourself. I have backed myself for years,” said Muir, who has given up a job in retail to live his full-time football dream.

“Now it is time to prove everyone I can do it.

“I am determined to make this work. I will be focused on playing football now. Before I was getting up, going to work, then playing football.

“When you do that you do not have the time for all of the extra work you need to put in, like on finishing, running.

“I know I will be a lot sharper.

“I am very excited to start the season.

“Since I heard about the interest I knew it was a no brainer for me. It’s full-time football. It’s good to get out of London – a new space, new experience, meet new people.

“I’ve taken this opportunity with both hands. I had some things to think about, but full-time football is what I always wanted to do.

“The fans are in for a treat.”

Pools have been looking a touch light in the forward areas this summer having allowed Devante Rodney and Rhys Oates to depart.

Muir is desperate to plug that gap.

“I’m diverse,” he said.

“I can go in behind, hold it up, link the play, get in the box, lots of near post runs. A little bit of everything really.

“The style of play excites me.

“I just want to show everyone what I can do. I want to score goals and make everyone happy.

“I scored 40 goals last season – it was a good season for me and for my team.

“Pre-season last year went really well and I went into the season really positive. I want to hit the ground running here, too.

“When I am called upon I am going to do what I do.”

Meanwhile, director of football Craig Hignett thinks the future is bright at Pools.

Some fans are getting concerned by the club’s lack of transfer activity, with Muir and Anderson the only two additions to a Pools squad already depleted by the departures of Liam Donnelly (Motherwell), Devante Rodney (Salford City), Scott Harrison (Falkirk), Rhys Oates (Morecambe), Luke George and Blair Adams (both free).

But Hignett and manager Bates are relaxed about summer business so far.

In fact, Hignett thinks this summer can work as the perfect platform for the club, as they look to bounce back from the disappointment of last season, on and off the park.

“We can now concentrate on moving the club forward and not looking at what’s gone on in the past,” said Hignett about getting to grips with the workings of the club post-takeover.

“I seriously think you will see the club take off. I don’t think that is far away.

“We came to this club blind really. We looked into the finances in depth, but you never really know a club until you are through the door.

“We found little bits here and there which needed tidying up. Now all of that is finished we can move on.

“We are excited about the challenge ahead next season.”