New signing Padraig Amond has revealed that he turned down approaches from other clubs because he was so impressed with the vision sold to him by Pools boss Craig Hignett.
The prolific front man was in demand after smashing home an incredible 37 goals in all competitions for Grimsby Town last term as The Mariners won back their place in the EFL after six years.
Town were keen to keep the Irishman at Blundell Park and offered him a fresh deal but Pools boss Hignett was quick to make his move and convinced Amond to complete a switch to the North East.
“This was a massive decision for me because there were other clubs interested as well but this just feels like the right move for me,” the striker told Pools PlayerHD.
“I met the gaffer and Curtis (Fleming) and I was very impressed with what they had to say; this is a Club that is going places so I am very, very pleased to be here.
“I really liked what I heard about the gaffer’s vision, the things he wants to do and where he wants to go – I want to do the exact same thing so I just feel like this could be a very good fit for both of us.”
Amond picked up a host of awards at the end of last term following his exploits during a campaign in which Grimsby reaped the benefits from employing him as an out-and-out striker.
Often played in a wider role during his previous spells in League football, the 28-year-old is now keen to capitalise on his increased confidence by getting on the goal trail early in his Pools career.
“It was a long season and towards the end I was looking forward to the break, but at the same time I didn’t want it to end because it was going so well for me,” he admitted.
“I just want to try and hit the ground running as quickly as possible here now; I want to score my first goal as soon as I can and then see what happens from there.
“When I played in the EFL before I played mostly as a winger and that’s not my natural position. I always said that if I got a run playing back up front then I would do the business and that’s kind of what happened last year.
“I know it was the National League but there are some very, very good teams at that level and I am confident that I can reproduce my form and goals next season.”
Amond became the seventh new face to arrive at The Vic since the end of last season as Hignett reshapes his squad ahead of a fresh assault on League Two in 2016/17.
Among them is Nicky Deverdics, who joined from Dover Athletic after scoring 16 goals from midfield in the National League last term, and Toto Nsiala who played alongside Amond at both Grimsby and Accrington Stanley.
“Some people may say we’ve signed players from the National League but, without trying to get big-headed, we were the top players in the division,” Amond insisted.
“I played against Nicky a couple of times and I saw the goals he scored and the assists he made so I am looking forward to linking up with him and hopefully he can set a few up for me.
“And I’ve played with Toto at a few clubs now and he’s a brilliant player – the only thing is he might not be happy about me signing because he may be getting fed up of me by this stage!”
As well as getting to know his new team-mates during pre-season, Amond also joked that he may have some bridge-building to do with H’Angus the Monkey after the pair had a run-in when he played for Morecambe at The Vic in 2014.
“I was a substitute warming up and when we scored he wasn’t happy and gave me a little shoulder charge!” he laughed.
“After that Pools came back and scored twice to win the game so at the end he came back and gave me some stick!
“I know mascots are a little mad and have to get the crowd going so maybe that’s what happened that day - we’ll have a little making up to do but I’m happy he’ll be on my side this year!”
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