Craig Hignett reckons Pools have snapped up one of the best young goalkeepers in the National League after he completed a swoop for Braintree Town’s Ben Killip.
The Pools boss has moved swiftly to land his top keeper target after it was confirmed that Scott Loach would be moving on this summer after two years as the Club’s Number One.
Hignett showed his intent when he and Goalkeeper Coach Ross Turnbull made a trip to London to meet with Killip in person to sell him their vision and persuade him that his future lay in the North East.
Killip is the third new face through the doors of The Super 6 Stadium and his arrival is one that has gone down well with supporters so Hignett can’t wait to start working with him.
“We’re really excited because he’s been the standout goalkeeper in the division over the past season, in my opinion,” Hignett explained.
“He was unbelievable against us for Braintree early in the season when he made some ridiculous saves and also kept out a penalty – and as well as that, his kicking is unbelievable too.
“He’s a confident lad and he’s got a lot of improvement in him as well at only 23 so we have him at a great age and we’re really excited about it.
“Ben might still be young but he captained the side at Braintree last term so he obviously has an old head on young shoulders and I think he’s going to be a massive positive for the Football Club.
“Following Scott Loach is a challenge because he did ever so well during his two years with the Club and played 100 games at a very consistent level.
“It was a big hole to fill and it’s a key position in the team, so we’ve gone out and got what I believe is one of the best young keepers around.”