Paul Murray has admitted he exceeded his own expectations with the way things have gone for him during his two and a half year spell at Victoria Park.It raised some eyebrows when the veteran midfielder agreed a deal at Pools back in the summer of 2010 but he said at the time that a trial spell with the Club had proved he still had the desire to play professionally.
Murray went on to enjoy an excellent first season and secure a fresh contract in 2011, going on to be crowned Supporters' Player of the Year and Away Player of the Year for 2011/12.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here," Murray told us.
"I've probably surpassed my own expectations to play as many games and to win the awards last season - I'd like to thank the fans for that because that was a very proud moment for me.
"I'm not stupid, I've been in the game 19 years and I know that people come and go - that's football, but I still feel I have something to offer.
"People questioned it when I first came here and when you're at my age that's how it is but I've started 18 games this season and I still feel fit enough to continue so we'll see if anyone is interested.
"I have no gripes with anyone at the Football Club, everything has been fine even when I've not been playing and I'd like to thank everyone involved here."
As well as continuing to pull on his boots, the 36-year-old is focusing more and more on his coaching qualifications and hopes to eventually move in to management.
"I still want to play but I'm doing my A Licence at the moment and that is definitely a big part of my future but I do still want to continue playing for now.
"I definitely want to me a manager one day; that's my aspiration and I'm going to work as hard as I can and do whatever I have to do to achieve that."
Murray still believes that Pools can beat the drop from League One this season and has some words of encouragement for John Hughes and his players as he prepared to move on.
"I know from past experience that anything is possible," he explained.
"We were in a worse position at Oldham a few years ago but managed to get out of it so hopefully we can get a win tonight and that can start off a run."
Murray will join the commentary team on Pools Player for tonight's game - log-on and listen to him from 7.35pm. Click here for more details.