Kabamba Deal Made Sense – Challinor

Dave Challinor, Woking v Hartlepool United

Dave Challinor has admitted that the departure of Nicke Kabamba to Kilmarnock will intensify his search for new signings to strengthen the squad.

The Pools boss revealed that Kabamba’s Rugby Park switch developed very quickly and was a deal that was difficult to turn down given the front man’s contract was due to expire in the summer.

“To be honest, it wasn’t something we expected,” admitted Pools boss Dave Challinor.

“It has come about very quickly, and it wasn’t a deal we saw happening.

“But we have to look at a short, medium and long-term recruitment strategy and, with Nicke being out of the contract in the summer and a bid being made, it made sense on everyone’s part to try and get something done.

“From Nicke’s point of view it gives him more security moving forward with a longer contract and for us, it helps us potentially get one in to the building that we see being with us further down the line in to next year.”

Challinor has revealed he will now redouble his efforts to add fresh blood to the squad in the wake of Kabamba’s exit but insisted that any incomings must be the right fit for the Club.

“We’ve already been at a point where we’ve been trying to bring people in and I haven’t hidden that,” he told us.

“We have had three or four different options which, at the moment, haven’t been successful – but we are trying to move the process on and we’re working hard behind the scenes to do that.

“If we can bring in new faces to strengthen the squad and then move people out that’s a better way of doing it but when a bid comes along that the Club thinks is acceptable and of benefit to us moving forward then we have to look at it.

“We’ll keep working hard to bring bodies in, but they need to be the right ones and, ideally, for the longer term and a bit more permanent.

“However, as we move closer to the end of January, we might have to look at something a little more short-term, but we’ll see how things develop.”