Craig Hignett’s third signing of the summer can’t wait to get started as a professional footballer with Pools.
Full-back James Martin is looking to put a frustrating season behind him – as a lack of international clearance prevented him from playing any part for Scottish outfit Queen of the South after joining them at the start of the last campaign.
His disappointment over any real action north of the border soon waned though as he quickly earned himself a deal with Pools once returning to England,
“It was a hard season for me because I couldn’t really play as I couldn’t get international clearance and so, at the end of the year I decided with everything that had gone on, it was time to try and improve myself somewhere else.
“The week I left Queen of the South, I got a call from my agency saying I could come and play a game for Hartlepool United, which was a trial game against a team from Fulham.
“The following Saturday I then played in the final Youth Alliance game of the season against Bradford City and then after the game, I got told I was being offered a pro contract.
“And I’m really happy. It’s what I have been working for and it is nice to get that reward for the hard work that I have put in.
“I’m really looking forward to getting started. I will keep myself going over summer and then just work as hard as I can to push myself on.”
Martin will bring a new option to Hignett’s squad next season, something which he emphasised when asked to describe his style of play,
“I am a left back but I always used to be a winger. I am a very attack-minded player, I like to join in and get forward and am a bit of an exciting player.
“The reason I play at left back is because I also love to defend, to throw myself into tackles and blocks and then add the attacking into that as well.
“Everyone always says I have the heart of a lion when I’m playing.
“I’m just looking forward to learning and improving every day as much as I can. I will push myself to the maximum I can get to.”