COLIN Nish looks to have played his last game for Hartlepool United, writes Craig Hope.
Pools have given permission for the 31-year-old striker to extend his loan stay at Dundee until the end of the season.
If the deal does go through, then it will take Nish until the end of his two-year contract at Victoria Park.
The Scot will not be offered an extension and so will bring to an end an unhappy stay in England.
Labelled by Mick Wadsworth as his “marquee signing” during the summer of 2010 when arriving on a free from Hibernian, Nish has gone on to appear just 20 times, scoring four goals.
And current boss John Hughes has hinted that his compatriot has made his final appearance in the blue and white of Pools.
“We’ve given Colin permission to stay up in Scotland and extend his loan, which would take him until the end of the season,” he explained.
“I worked with Nishy at Hibs and got 12 goals out of him and he’s a lovely lad. But I want guys who want to be at this club.”
Hughes will instead focus his search for fresh talent on the North East.
Indeed, he hopes to make Middlesbrough midfielder Matty Dolan his first loan signing when the transfer window re-opens on January 1.
Hughes is also keen to blood the club’s academy players over the coming months, believing they will repay the faith he shows in them.
“The likes of Matty will want to be here,” he went on. “That’s why I want boys who know about the North East and have that passion.
“That’s what I say about the young boys coming through here. If you can bring them in then you get loyalty in return, they will run through a brick wall for you.”
Hughes has already used teenagers Luke James, Jordan Richards, Jack Baldwin, Greg Rutherford, Darren Holden and Charlie Wyke during his first weeks in charge, and he believes there is a lot of potential in the Pools dressing room.
“We’ve got some good boys in there,” he said. “They’re all good footballers and they’ve been brought up the way I like.
“They’re comfortable in possession and that makes things easier for me.”