Toto Nsiala became Craig Hignett’s sixth new signing of the summer.
And, though the big defender was a new face at The Vic, his message upon signing was similar to that of those signings before him.
When asked what helped to make his decision to make the move from Grimsby Town to Pools this summer, Nsiala was quick to highlight the impact Manager Craig Hignett made on him,
“I’m just pleased to be working with Craig Hignett, I have heard a lot about him and I have met him myself as well and I got a good impression.
“I liked what he told me about the Club and what his aims were as they match my own. His ambitions and the plans he has were what got me to come to the Club.
“A lot of players that I spoke to, like Carl Magnay and others, spoke very highly of him.
“It wasn’t the size of the Club or how big they were, once I saw the Manager’s ambition and his plans, not just for the Club but for himself as well, that drew me to the Club.
“There was a handful of clubs but I just felt after I had spoken to the Manager, he told me what he wants to do things the right way.
“That is no disrespect to Paul Hurst as he is one of the best managers I have worked with and I hope our paths cross again in the future but at this time I just felt it was time for me to have a fresh start and this seemed to be the right place for me to do that.”
And the 24-year-old is hoping to hit the ground running for Pools on the back of a bright season with promoted Grimsby Town.
“We set out to win the league and we didn’t but we had lots of ups and downs. The end of the season finished really well for me and I would just like to kick on from there. I had a stronger second half of the season and I want to carry that on here.
“I really can’t wait to get down to work now as this is a big challenge. I played in the league with Accrington Stanley a few years ago but there are better players and bigger teams in the league to play against now and I am really looking forward to the challenge and to see how well I can do.”