Luke Williams is keen to repay his debt of gratitude to Hartlepool United and manager Craig Hignett.
Hignett has stuck by Williams after an injury-hit first year back at Pools, handing the talented midfielder a new one-year contract. The Mail understands this is a pay-as-you-play deal.
And it’s something the former Middlesbrough man is thankful for – he’s just desperate to get back playing, having not kicked a ball in anger in 2018/19.
“I have never wanted to play for a manager as much in all my career as I want play for this one now,” said Williams, speaking to Hartlepool United’s club website.
“It will be a massive weight off my shoulders when I get the chance to do that and hopefully I can do him justice for the faith he’s shown in me. Honestly, I have never wanted to play and wanted a team to succeed as much as I have now for this gaffer.
“He’s played a big part in my career as a whole that people may not know about – from my time at Boro, to my time on loan here to now being signed permanently.
“He’s a manager I want to play for and I am really looking forward to giving him a little back after all he’s given to me.”
Williams became the latest in a long line of players to commit his future to Pools this summer.
Nicke Kabamba signed after a succesful loan from Havant, Michael Raynes also signed from Crewe. First-team mainstays Liam Noble, Ryan Donaldson, Gavan Holohan, Myles Anderson and Nicky Featherstone have also penned extensions.