Craig Harrison has insisted that the hunger that he’s seen in new signing James Thorne can help him become a big hit at Victoria Park.
The Pools boss moved to strengthen his attacking options by sealing a deal for the 21-year-old forward on Thursday afternoon after being impressed with his performance in a behind-closed-doors friendly earlier this week.
Thorne is now expected to challenge for a place in the squad for this weekend’s trip to Woking as Harrison looks for ways to compensate for the absence of Jake Cassidy, who is still nursing a stress fracture in his foot.
“We have been looking for another striker to take the pressure off the other lads, with Cass being out for another few weeks yet,” admitted the Pools boss.
“James impressed me in training and in the game so this is a good opportunity for him. He’s hungry for the chance, which I like – it feels like he has a point to prove.
“I have done a lot of digging and homework, and he’s very well thought of. He’s also had a spell with Macclesfield at this level so he will know what he is coming in to.
“He has a good pedigree having been at Man City for three or four years and then spending a season at Nottingham Forest where he played in the First Team in the EFL Cup.
“He’s been at those big clubs and now he wants to kickstart his career so hopefully we can give him the platform to do that and he can help us be successful.”