IT is the kind of promise football supporters tend to take with a pinch of salt, but within hours Mick Wadsworth had delivered.
The Hartlepool United boss told the press yesterday supporters would be “pleasantly surprised” by the signings he had in the pipeline.
It sounded like a throwaway line to reassure fans concerned by the clearout which saw ten players leave on Wednesday.
However, by the time most of them had read it, Nolberto Solano had signed on the dotted line.
The former Newcastle United winger joined from Hull City along with Manchester City youngster James Poole.
Cramlington-born James Brown and Hartlepool-born Adam Boyd have also signed new contracts.
“There are sound reasons for doing what we have done,” was how Wadsworth explained a clearout which surprisingly claimed players such as Joe Gamble and Leon McSweeney.
“We want a better balance to the squad because there was an imbalance this season.
“We have also said all along we want a leaner squad and I think you will be pleasantly surprised by some of the players we have lined up to come in.”
Peruvian Solano first worked with Wadsworth when he moved to Tyneside from Boca Juniors for £2.5m in 1998.
It was the first of two spells at St James’ Park, where the veteran coach was assistant manager.
He recently rejected a new contract at the KC Stadium after just six Championship starts last season.
The 36-year-old has also played for Aston Villa, West Ham United and Leicester City in a career spanning more than 400 appearances.
Twenty-four-year-old Brown has long been seen as destined for greater things but has been hit by a succession of injuries.
Boyd is in his second spell at Victoria Park and, like fellow striker Brown, is a product of the club’s youth system.
Poole had a two-month loan spell in the season just ended.
He scored one goal in six appearances, in a home win over eventual champions Brighton and Hove Albion.
The 21-year-old comes into a problem position where numbers have not been reflected in goals.