NICKE KABAMBA has signed a permanent deal at Hartlepool United.

The striker signed on loan in January from Havant and Waterlooville and impressed, scoring five times in his first four games for the club.

He bagged seven goals in 17 outings for Pools.

Kabamba has now taken the chance to turn full-time after playing part-time with Havant.

Pools feared the striker would be attracted to stay in the south of England, amid interest from other National League sides.

But he has penned a deal to stay with Pools and relocate to the North-East.

Pools boss Craig Hignett spoke to the striker regularly during the last few weeks of the season to try and persuade him to stay.

Hignett told the club website said: “I think he’s always been keen to sign. He’s been up here and seen how we do things as a Club and he’s really enjoyed himself from the word go.

“He threw himself in to the loan move and showed what a good character he is. He’s been absolutely different class and had no problems settling in right from the start.

“Obviously he’s had some family issues to discuss and make sure it’s the right thing for him but we’re really pleased that the deal is now done and I am sure the supporters will be too.”