Nicke Kabamba has admitted the lure of being part of firing Pools back in to the Football League was too much to turn down after he agreed a permanent move to The Super 6 Stadium.
The popular front man smashed seven goals in 17 appearances whilst on loan from Havant & Waterlooville during the second half of last term and became a huge hit with Pools supporters.
Now he’s signed on the dotted line for 2019/20 and he’s determined to help Craig Hignett’s men challenge at the top end of the National League when the action gets back underway in August.
“I am absolutely over the moon, I’m so happy,” Kabamba told us.
“Obviously, with the season finished I just wanted to get something sorted as soon as possible and coming to Hartlepool is a great opportunity for me.
“I think I made a very good decision in a difficult situation when I joined the Club on loan in January - I just felt like the fans took to me straight away and helped me settle in.
“Scoring goals obviously helped but it was such an amazing start for me – it was just the best possible way to come in to a Club and score five in my first four games, it was crazy.
“It has definitely been a big decision for me, purely based on location not the Club itself.
“This Club has such a big history, it’s been in the Football League and I want to come here now and hopefully to challenge to win things.
“I have a very good feeling about next year so I am signing for Hartlepool to play games and help get the Club back where it belongs in to the EFL.”
Having hit the net regularly during his loan spell at Pools, Kabamba has revealed that he already has a number in mind when it comes to goals next term.
“It will be great to be with the Club at the beginning of the season and I will definitely be setting a target for goals.
“It is always important to have something to aim for, especially when I am going to be playing for such a big Club with high standards.
“I will switch off from football for a little while and enjoy some time with the family now but, as soon as it’s time, I will be back to work mode.”