Andrew Davies admits the harsh nature of the National League was why he had to quit Hartlepool United.

The centre half this week ended his contact at Pools in agreement with the club and signed for Dundee, bottom of the SPL.

Davies was wanting to return to the North-East in the summer and signed a deal with Pools for three years, which would see him join the coaching staff in the final 12 months of his contract.

But after missing more games than he played for Pools through injury and suspension, he wanted out.

Speaking to the Dundee Courier, the former Pools ballboy admitted: “I had a three-year deal at Hartlepool and had come home from Ross County from family reasons.

“I gave it six months but I didn’t enjoy playing in that league at all.

“I’ve played in all the leagues in England but I got the shock of my life in the National League.

“I didn’t enjoy the football. Hartlepool is a fantastic club and a big club in that league.

“But I just wasn’t enjoying it – I think I’d taken a step too far.

“If it wasn’t for family reasons I probably would have stayed in Scotland anyway.

“I would have stayed with Ross County or gone elsewhere, because I enjoyed it here.”

Davies played only once under new Pools boss Richard Money, at Gateshead on Boxing Day. He added: “So I spoke to the manager at Hartlepool and said I wasn’t going to waste his time, I wanted to leave.

“I could have sat there for the next few years and dwindled away, but I wanted to come back up here.

“I really enjoyed playing under Jim at County, I know what he’s all about and what he looks for from his team.

“When he called I wanted to be involved. We’ve had good memories together and I want to recreate that.

“I think it shows the character I am that I want to be here, away from my family again, because I want a challenge.

“I am here to make a difference and am here to keep this club in the league.

“I don’t want to drift – I could have done that, but I don’t want to.

“I have a few years left in me, I feel good for my age and I want to enjoy it.

“I just felt I wasn’t doing that at Hartlepool.”