Mick Wadsworth in search of top striker

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MICK Wadsworth will scour home and abroad in a bid to unearth the one “fantastic striker” which he believes can make the difference for Hartlepool United next season.

Pools outscored just one League One rival this year and, with a paltry 15 goals coming away from Victoria Park, they were the lowest away-day scorers in the Football League.

That lack of cutting edge has long since led to fans’ calls for the club to invest in a goalscorer of proven pedigree.

And Wadsworth himself is all too aware of the need to recruit such personnel.

With three attack-minded additions already on board in the form of Nobby Solano, James Poole and Nathan Luscombe, the Pools boss is refusing to rush his search for the final piece of his offensive jigsaw.

Former Pools loanee Roy O’Donovan would be a popular target among supporters, and is understood the former Sunderland striker is open to the idea of a move back to The Vic.

Sheffield Wednesday’s Paul Heffernan is another name which has been mentioned in various quarters and he could be surplus to requirements at Hillsborough.

Wadsworth, though, will take his time with this particular signing given its importance.

And the first-team coach accepts that the success of next season could hinge on the signing of a goal-grabbing hitman.

“If we can now find one fantastic striker then I’ll be happy,” he said. “Add to that what we’ve got with Solano, Poole and Luscombe, then I think we will up our goals tally for sure.”

Of Pools’ six recognised strikers this season, half have now been released, with Denis Behan, Michael Mackay and Armann Bjornsson all shown the door last week.

Adam Boyd, James Brown and Colin Larkin will remain at the club, and Wadsworth believes that trio still have a lot to offer.