HARTLEPOOL United play their final pre-season friendly tomorrow evening where latest signing Mikael Ndjoli is expected to get his first run out for the club.

Pools have bolstered their attacking ranks ahead of the new League Two season as the 24-year-old forward puts pen to paper on a two-year deal at the club.

After a recent spell in the USA with Virginia Beach City where he scored four goals in five games, Ndjoli left the club earlier this month to complete a return back to England.

After coming through the youth ranks at Bournemouth, the centre forward has gone on to have spells at Kilmarnock, Gillingham, Motherwell, Barrow and Aldershot.

He said: "I'm a player that likes to express themselves. I want to get the fans excited and off their seats. As soon as my agent mentioned the move, it was a no brainer. I can't wait to get started."

Having had spells with Kilmarnock and Motherwell in his career, Ndjoli is a player that the Pools boss has monitored over the years during his time in management with Scotland. Manager Paul Hartley said: "A player that I came across a while ago. He can play anywhere along the front, he’s positive, plays with speed, really good in one on one situations. He’s versatile and still young so we are excited to work with him."

In the absence of a friendly, Pools hosted an opening training session for the fans at the Suit Direct Stadium on Saturday.

Defender Jamie Sterry returned to full training after missing recent friendly games through injury and they hope to have him available for tonight's game against the Black Cats.

Meanwhile, striker Marcus Carver trained away from the group having been ruled out with a thigh injury for the next two to three weeks.

Pools League Two campaign begins this weekend when they make the trip to Walsall.