Craig Hignett has paid tribute to the commitment and ability of Nicky Featherstone and admitted he is delighted that the midfielder has signed a new deal at The Super 6 Stadium.
Featherstone put pen to paper on a fresh contract with Pools on Thursday, to extend his stay in to a sixth season and further cement his place as the Club’s longest-serving player.
The 30-year-old schemer produced some of his best form during Hignett’s first spell in the dugout and now the Pools boss is confident he can play a key role again during 2019/20.
“I don’t think it’s a secret that Nicky is a player that I like a lot,” Hignett admitted.
“Technically, I would say he’s probably the best we have in the squad; he’s got a proper football brain and knows the game and this Club inside out.
“The thing people should know is that Nicky took a pay cut to stay with the Club last season and he proved his commitment to the cause time and again.
“His stats on the GPS monitoring we do were consistently in the top three every week so he’s shown unbelievable dedication, he loves being at the Club and I’m delighted he’s staying.
“Nicky is the type that, if you know him, know how he ticks and know how to get the best out of him, then he can be great for any team in this league because he can control football games.
“If you’re talking value for money, then Nicky is as good as we’ve got.”