Sam Collins backs Hartlepool United to surprise

Sam Collins
Collins joined Pools from Hull City in January 2008

Hartlepool United defender Sam Collins believes the club can be a surprise package in League One this season.

Pools, who finished 16th last season, have brought Hull winger Nolberto Solano and Hibernian striker Colin Nish to the Victoria Ground, among others.

"At the end of last season we were a bit disappointed with where we finished," Collins told BBC Tees.

"We're hoping we can improve on that and if we do we can be pushing up towards the play-offs."

Collins added: "Look at the teams that did it last year like Exeter, Leyton Orient and Bournemouth - there's no reason we can't be in that group."

Despite a respectable defensive record last season, Pools' return of 47 goals in 46 games was key to their slide into the bottom half of the table.

As well as securing a deal for Nish, first-team coach Mick Wadsworth has also added former Manchester City striker James Poole to Hartlepool's ranks.

"I didn't really know a great deal about Nish but from what we've seen in the first few days, from the football side of it, things are looking good," Collins added.

"We do need to score more goals as a team. We can't rely on certain individuals.

"Obviously Mick's brought in a couple of new strikers in and with the quality that [Solano] has got as well, hopefully we can get those goals that we need."