Marlon Harewood says knowing Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper from their Nottingham Forest playing days brokered his move to the League Two side.
In 1996, a teenage Harewood was turning professional at a time when centre-back Cooper was a mainstay in Forest's side.
The 34-year-old on Monday having left Bristol City earlier in the January transfer window.
"Then, I was in awe of senior players like Stuart Pearce and Colin so it's funny how football works out," he said.
"Now I'm that senior player and Colin thinks I can help develop what is a young squad of players here."
Pools become the much-travelled striker's 12th different club.
Last season, he was playing in the Championship for Barnsley, before in which he only started two matches.
Now Harewood will experience England's fourth-tier for the first time.
"I have to start doing my homework on the teams in this division now because if I'm honest I don't know a lot about it," he told BBC Look North.
"But I trust Colin and he has given me a bit of a lowdown so I'm excited to get going."