Craig Hignett has revealed his delight after sealing the deal to bring Nicke Kabamba back to the Club on a permanent basis.
The Pools boss has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to strengthen his squad but it was no secret that bringing Kabamba back for an extended stay at The Super 6 Stadium was a high priority.
The former Portsmouth star enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Pools last term, rattling in seven goals and becoming a real favourite with fans during the second half of 2018/19.
Hignett has admitted that it was crucial Pools showed their intent for the new campaign by persuading the 26-year-old that his future lay in the North-East.
“It was very important to get this deal sorted,” Hignett explained.
“The time Nicke has had on loan here has been excellent and he’s obviously had a good goalscoring record for us.
“He’s a lot more than just goals though. He’s similar in work rate to Luke James; he really works his socks off and makes life hard for defenders.
“He’s a physical presence up front, he’s athletic, he can run and, above all else, he’s the type of character we want at the Football Club so we’re delighted he’s decided to join.
“I think he’s always been keen to sign. He’s been up here and seen how we do things as a Club and he’s really enjoyed himself from the word go.
“He threw himself in to the loan move and showed what a good character he is. He’s been absolutely different class and had no problems settling in right from the start.
“Obviously he’s had some family issues to discuss and make sure it’s the right thing for him but we’re really pleased that the deal is now done and I am sure the supporters will be too.”