Craig Hignett has added further firepower to his squad by completing the signing of highly-rated attacker Lewis Alessandra following his release from Rochdale.
The 27-year-old Manchester-born star becomes the eighth new player to arrive at Victoria Park since the end of last season and he will now link-up with his Pools team-mates in training on Thursday.
Alessandra began his career with Oldham Athletic, where he graduate from the club’s youth system to earn a professional deal before going on to make 76 First Team appearances.
Comfortable in a variety of roles either in central striking position or out wide, Alessandra moved on to Morecambe in the summer of 2011 where he made almost 100 appearances during a two-year stay.
His next destination was Plymouth Argyle and he went on to enjoy a hugely successful stint at Home Park during which he scored 25 goals in 101 outings for The Pilgrims.
The front man’s form was enough to earn him a move in to League One with Rochdale last summer but things didn’t work out for him at Spotland and he ended last term on loan with York City.
“Lewis has all got traits we were looking for – he’s a good footballer, he scores goals, he’s intelligent and he’s ambitious,” explained boss Hignett.
“He can play up front as a striker, just off as a number ten or even from wide but he’s another one who is forward-thinking and can add something to the squad.
“He scored a lot of goals during his time at Plymouth and he did well while he was on loan at York so we’re pleased he’s decided to come and join us.
“I wanted to add goals to the squad and I’ve gone out and tried to find players who will fit in to how we play and what we want to do – and I think everyone we’ve signed will do that.”