Dover Athletic midfielder Nicky Deverdics has completed a move to SkyBet League Two side Hartlepool United.
The former Barnet midfielder scored 14 goals and made 18 assists in the National League last season and was offered a new contract by the Vanarama National League club.
However, his form led to interest from the North East club and Deverdics has chosen to join Craig Hignett’s side.
It also means that Deverdics will return to the North East, where he has played for the likes of Newcastle United’s academy, Gateshead and Blyth Spartans.
His career also took him abroad, with moves to Icelandic club BÍ/Bolungarvík and Faroese top-flight club TB Tvøroyri.
Now, after an impressive season with Dover, the player will return to his native North East and will ply his trade in the Football League for the first time since his spell with Barnet six years ago.
And now after fighting off opposition for Deverdics’ signature, Pools boss Hignett spoke to the club’s official website to explain the reasoning behind signing the twenty eight year old.
“Every time we’ve seen him play he’s been excellent and so have all the reports we have had on him,” explained Hignett.
“He’s the best player in the National League in a lot of people’s eyes; he’s got a great left foot, is very creative and he can make goals as well as score them.
“There were a few clubs in for him but we met him very early and tried to sell the Club to him and we managed to convince him that this is the place for him.
“Nicky is very ambitious and he wants to join a club who are pushing and hopefully we can give him that platform here.”
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