Ryan Bird signed on loan for Pools from Cambridge United on Wednesday afternoon and then revealed that the challenge of firing the Club to League Two safety is one that excited him.
“I’m buzzing for it,” the new signing told us.
“Hartlepool are a big Club; I know they’ve been struggling a bit this year but the league table didn’t put me off one bit.
“I have always enjoyed a challenge and I can’t wait to get my teeth stuck in to this one and score some goals to help the team.
“I’m a hard-working striker and I like to think I’ve got an eye for goal; I want to be in the box and scoring goals – headers, volleys, tap-ins, I’ll take them any way they come.
“Every time I have played against Hartlepool I thought they’ve been a good team; Cambridge won with a last-minute goal earlier in the season down there and Hartlepool were very unlucky.
“I also played at Victoria Park with Portsmouth last season and although we got a 0-0 draw I thought we were fortunate that Hartlepool didn’t win the game.
“As a striker you need a run of games to get among the goals; I did that last season at Cambridge when I played regularly, scored goals and we got on a good run.
“I have spoken to Ronnie Moore a couple of times already and I have also spoken to people I know who have played for him and they’ve told me if I work hard then things will work out for me.
“I just want to get going now; I can’t wait to meet all the lads and then get involved straight away on Saturday because we’ve got a massive game against AFC Wimbledon and we need three points.
“The crowd can certainly help us on Saturday; I know the lads have done quite well at home recently so we need to get out there and keep that going this weekend.”