Craig Harrison is putting his plans in place for the season ahead and the signing of Ryan Donaldson yesterday emphasised his intent.
Add to that the new contract for Carl Magnay and it proved another very good day for the new Pools boss,
“Ryan has got a lot of quality, obviously he has played a big part for Plymouth who went up last season and we were surprised that they didn’t keep him to be honest,” Harrison told us.
“He’s certainly got experience of the National League and the added experience of taking a team up – he has been in promotion-winning teams and he knows what it takes to get promoted and to win football games.
“Since he was last here on loan, he has been away and played at Cambridge and Plymouth and he’s obviously been learning his trade and he’s come back at a great age.
“26 is a fantastic age; he has a lot of experience but is also about to come into his prime and he will be a great addition to the squad for us.”
And Harrison was just as pleased to see defender Magnay put pen to paper on his new deal,
“One of my first jobs when I took over as Manager was to try and speak to all of the players as soon as I could, whether that was face-to-face or over the telephone or even just a text if they were away on holiday and within seven days, I had managed to contact them all.
“I managed to go and meet up with Carl as I wanted to talk to him as his contract had run out. I have also spoken with Rhys Oates and Brad Walker too as I would like to retain all three of them if we can.
“With Carl being one of the senior players who also has experience of playing in the National League and being part of a team that won it, I think it was vital that we got him signed up.
“Obviously he came back from injury at the end of the season and he played a big part in the win against Doncaster Rovers and his character and experience is something I think we need – plus the one other thing he offers, which is quality.”
With pre-season less than two weeks away, the Manager is hoping to have his squad almost completed by the time the players return to training,
“We are looking to bring in some more players hopefully and I would like to do my best to get everyone in by the start of pre-season on 26th June. Obviously there could be holidays that could prevent that but that would be my aim and hopefully we will have at least one or possibly two more in by then.”