Paul Ince was pleased to be able to offer Bobby Grant a debut just hours after signing in what the manager described as another "good work-out" for the players as The Seasiders beat Witton Albion 3-0.
The goals came from Thomas Ince, Tom Barkhuizen and Craig Cathcart, but the striker was a constant menace and it was his cross that helped set up the opener for Ince, and the manager was delighted to see his new signing make an instant impact.
"Bobby Grant is a young lad, he's only 23, he can shoot and he's got a lovely left foot on him," said Ince.
"He's obviously lacking a bit of fitness, which you expect because he has been in League Two, so fitness-wise he is a little bit off the mark, but we will get him there.
"As a talent he is one of those who will shoot. He got 16 goals last year in League Two at Rochdale from a wide position so we know he can score goals and hopefully when his fitness gets better he will improve."
Grant is the first brand new face to the Pool dressing room this summer and Ince believes that anyone new to the squad is good for lifting spirits.
"I've always said, even when I was a player myself, that when you see other players coming through the door it gives everyone a lift, it really does.
"It sharpens everyone up because as a midfielder and my manager brings in another midfield player you think "right well I need to sort myself out" and that should happen all over the park."
James Caton was a second-half substitute last night and was someone who certainly impressed when he came on, albeit against some tired legs and Ince has high hopes for the young winger.
"I thought James Caton looked very sharp. James didn't get much chance last year, but with Matty Phillips being out there is a chance for him as well as the likes of Bobby Grant and others that we are trying to bring in.
"I've always believed in James and that's why I've never let him go out. People have asked to take him out on loan and I've said no because I think that he has a role to play.
"Sometimes you can't beat young legs, irrespective of whether it was against a tired team," added the manager.