Jordan Hugill is looking forward to pulling a Pools shirt on for the first time on Saturday – just over ten years after he initially tried to impress at Victoria Park.
The 22-year-old spent six weeks on trial with the Club when he was just 12 and, even though he wasn’t taken on, Hugill holds no grudges and is delighted to have been given a second chance to shine.
Hugill landed at The Vic on loan from Preston North End on Thursday after Pools beat off competition to sign the highly-rated front man and now he’s keen to play his part in the Club’s survival bid.
“I don’t remember much about the trial to be honest, it’s a long time ago!” he laughed.
“I just remember coming in and training a few times and then at the end of it the Club took my friend on instead of me!
“It’s taken a long time to come back round but I am happy to be here now and hopefully playing some games because that’s what I need.
“It’s a good move for me because, being from Middlesbrough, it’s close to home and I am always up for a challenge so hopefully I can play my part in keeping the Club up.
“Another major factor in me coming here was seeing what a great run the lads have been on; I personally believe we can stay up and I want to be a part of it.”
At the core of Pools’ good recent run of form has been the work-rate of forwards Ryan Bird and Jonathan Franks, with Ronnie Moore left disappointed when the former was recalled to this weekend’s opponents Cambridge United.
However, Hugill is set to go straight in to the Pools starting eleven and the young striker is confident he can fill Bird’s boots and prove a nuisance for The U’s on Saturday.
“I am a hard-working player and I always give 110% when I’m on the pitch so even if I don’t score a goal I still want to be an absolute pest for defenders.
“I would love to get a goal obviously but I will just put as much hard work in as possible to try and get us the three points, that’s the most important thing.”