Challinor Backs Keena To Make Impact

Dave Challinor has admitted his delight after securing the signature of highly-rated young striker Aidan Keena on a permanent deal from Hearts.

The 20-year-old completed the paperwork on his move on Friday morning and the Club will now await international clearance before he is able to make his debut.

However, Challinor is excited about what the Irish front man can bring to the Pools squad is looking forward to seeing him develop at Victoria Park.

“He’s a player who come highly recommended,” Challinor revealed.

“Aidan is a young lad who has been up in Scotland but he is really keen to prove himself in England now and keep progressing in his career.

“I spoke to Jon Daly who worked with him in the Youth set-up and the First Team at Hearts and he spoke very highly of him in terms of his attitude and his ability.

“He’s got great self-belief and is always looking to get shots on goal at every opportunity in and around the penalty area.

“I’ve said before that we have to keep our supporters in the game, especially at home, and there’s no better way of doing that than by a players backing themselves, having shots and scoring goals.

“Obviously he’s a bit of an unknown quantity with the league he’s coming in to with us now but we’re really confident he can have a positive impact.

“We’re really looking forward to working with him because we think we can improve him and he’s the type of lad who really wants to improve as well.”