Hartlepool new boy Nolberto Solano is setting ambitious targets for next season as the new Npower League One campaign approaches, and feels promotion is not beyond the North East club.

Pool kick off against MK Dons at the stadium:mk on August 6, with hopes of improving on their 16th place finish last season. The acquisition of Solano will certainly aid the Hartlepool cause, with midfielder's wealth of experience no doubt a benefit to the younger members of Mick Wadsworth's squad.

Solano has been impressed with the set-up at Victoria Park since penning a deal in May and believes that simply aiming to retain their Npower League One status next season is only a minimum goal for the north-east club.

The 36-year-old former Newcastle star in fact feels that promotion is a genuine possibility, and would not have joined Wadsworth's revolution if he did not think that was the case.

"Yes, of course it is," said the Peruvian when asked if promotion was a target. "I am not just coming here to say 'we'll try and just survive'. I know it will be tough with teams like Huddersfield.


"But, if we can be consistent and win many games at home and be clever when we play away and nick points even when we are not playing well, then we have a great chance."

He added: "I really can't wait for the first game. I hate pre-season but it's something you have to do to ensure your fitness for the season.

"Everyone looks forward to playing the first game; MK Dons will be a tough encounter but, then again, every game will be tough in this league. Anyone can beat anyone in this division, so we need to focus at all times."

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