Hartlepool United never dreamt of signing Nolberto Solano

Nolberto Solano shows off his new Hartlepool United strip. Photograph by FRANK REID

Nolberto Solano shows off his new Hartlepool United strip. Photograph by FRANK REID

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CHAIRMAN Ken Hodcroft admits that he never dreamt that Hartlepool United would pull off the signing of ex-Newcastle star Nobby Solano.

First-team coach Mick Wadsworth approached Hodcroft to sound out about a move for the 36-year-old midfielder, who has penned a one-year deal after leaving Hull.

But Hodcroft admitted: “We were a bit sceptical at first about whether or not Nobby might be interested in coming.

“But Mick said ‘let me go away and have a chat with him and I’ll see what’s what’.

“To our delight, Nobby said that he had enjoyed working with Mick at Newcastle and was interested in coming.

“It really didn’t take long to sort things out.

“We were keen and he was keen and when you have two parties like that it doesn’t take much negotiation.

“He’s a player I’ve admired for a long time. He’s still in very good shape and if he can deliver his brain to the pitch and our lads can click with him then I think we’ll do well.

“He’s never been a player to particularly rely on speed and he does his talking on the pitch through his brain and his feet. He’s an exciting signing and one I can’t wait to see pull on the Pools shirt.”