Hartlepool United chairman Raj Singh has said that manager Craig Hignett had to miss out on some of his identified transfer targets this close-season.

Pools are taking a more prudent approach with their dealings as they bid to mount a promotion challenge in the National League this coming season. Speaking in an update to supporters on Hartlepool’s website, Singh praised the work of Craig Hignett thus far in the transfer market.

He said: “I would like to congratulate Craig on what he’s done so far. I know that he has missed out on two or three of his identified targets where agents or players have overplayed their hand or tried to play us off against other clubs.

“He didn’t give in though; he just went after other players instead and made sure we got good value deals done for people who want to give their all for Hartlepool United.”

Singh also feels that the side will be better equipped this time around as they try to return to the EFL after two years away.

“One thing which was glaringly obvious last season was the lack of height and physicality in the squad – something which I think you need in this league. We pushed the boat out towards the end of last season to do a deal for Fraser Kerr and now we’ve added Michael Raynes, Nicke Kabamba, Gus Mafuta and Gime Toure.

“Hopefully that means we have gone out and addressed that issue we had.”

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