NEWPORT County AFC have signed striker Padraig Amond from Hartlepool United for an undisclosed fee.

Amond joins the Exiles in time for Saturday’s first home match of the season when Chesterfield are the visitors to Rodney Parade.

The 29-year-old boasts an impressive scoring record in League Two, with 45 goals in his previous 90 games.

County completed the deal ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Leeds United.

Boss Michael Flynn said: “This is a big signing for us. I’d really like to thank Gavin Foxall (chairman of operations) and Alex Tunbridge (club secretary) for helping get this over the line.

“We have been tracking Podge since we started our recruitment campaign but we thought the deal was dead when the first offer was refused.

“Hartlepool were understandably reluctant to let him go.

“To get a call out of the blue from (Pools boss) Craig Harrison last Wednesday saying Padraig could go was a pleasant surprise.

“We worked on the deal over the weekend and I was delighted to get it over the line before the game yesterday.”

He added: “It’s great to get Padraig in. He will add goals and experience and is a great character around the dressing room.

“This deal also shows the club is going in the right direction as we can sign a player for an undisclosed fee within the budget.”

Amond said: “I’m very pleased to have got (this deal done).

“It’s an exciting thing for me to be back in the Football League.

“Speaking to the manager, he has some very good plans for the club and I want to be part of it.”