Pools have completed another move in the transfer market to land highly-rated defender Aristote Nsiala from Grimsby Town.
The 6ft 4ins centre-back was one of the stars as The Mariners won back their place in the EFL last season by clinching promotion with a Play-Off Final win over Forest Green Rovers.
Nsiala was offered new terms at Blundell Park at the end of the campaign but Pools boss Craig Hignett made his move and convinced the former Everton trainee his future lay at Victoria Park.
The towering and dominant defender was brought up in the Democratic Republic of Congo but moved to England in 2002 when he was just ten and went on to play for Everton’s Youth Team.
A loan spell at Accrington Stanley turned permanent in the summer of 2012 and he also went on to make his international debut for DR Congo in an African Nations Cup qualifier against the Seychelles.
After broadening his experience with a spell playing for Vietnamese outfit TDCS Dong Thap, Nsiala returned to England with Southport in January 2014 before moving to Grimsby that summer.
“He’s big, quick, aggressive, good in the air and is a defender who defends – he’s everything you’re looking for,” explained Hignett.
“He’s a good age and has just come off the back of a really good season at Grimsby; he’s an ambitious lad and now he wants to kick-on.
“We saw him play quite a few times last season and all the reports we got back on him were excellent; we knew he was out of contract so Curtis and I went to speak to him.
“He had interest from elsewhere but for footballing reasons he wants to come here; he wants to improve and he feels like our place is the place he can do that.”
Nsiala is the sixth new face to arrive at The Vic this summer following the signings of Nicky Deverdics, Ben Dudzinski, James Martin, Jake Orell and Ben Pollock.