Craig Hignett has landed one of his top transfer targets of the summer after securing the signing of prolific front man Padraig Amond from Grimsby Town.
The 28-year-old blasted an incredible 37 goals last term, becoming a huge fans’ favourite at Blundell Park as he played a key role in The Mariners’ promotion from the National League.
Town offered the Irishman new terms at the end of last season but Pools boss Hignett quickly identified him as a target and has managed to persuade him his future lies at Victoria Park.
Amond began his career as a schoolboy with Shamrock Rovers where he spent three years before joining Sligo Rovers at the end of 2009, continuing to find the net on a regular basis.
After a stint in the Portuguese top flight with Pacos de Ferreira, he returned to England on a season-long loan with Accrington Stanley in August 2011, making the move permanent the following summer.
In the summer of 2013, Amond sealed a move to Morecambe following a successful trial and he went on to hit the net 19 times in 50 appearances for The Shrimps before moving on to Grimsby at the start of last season.
“For us to attract someone like him, who scored over 30 goals in the league below, is a coup for the Club,” Hignett insisted.
“We have had him watched a lot so we know what he can do, what he’s capable of and what he can bring to the side. He’s hungry, he’s ambitious and he’s also the right kind of character.
“There were a lot of clubs in for him – as you would think there would be – but we’re delighted that we’ve managed to tempt him to The Vic.
“He’s excited by what he sees happening at the Club, as our other new signings have been, so we are really pleased that he’s decided to sign for us.”
Amond follows his former Grimsby team-mate Toto Nsiala in joining Pools this summer; the pair know each other well having also played together at Accrington.