Nolberto Solano is determined to complete his career on a high by helping Hartlepool seal promotion from League One.
The 36-year-old made his name in England as part of the late Sir Bobby Robson's Newcastle team which featured in the Premier League top four.
The midfielder, who made 95 appearances for Peru, played at the highest level for much of his career before playing in the Championship with Leicester and, more recently, Hull.
Solano was offered new terms by the East Yorkshire club in the summer but opted to link up with Mick Wadsworth - who was a coach during his time at Newcastle - at Victoria Park.
The South American insists he has not signed to wind down his career and has already set lofty targets for the coming campaign.
Asked whether the aim was for Pools to be in the promotion shake-up, Solano said: "Yes, of course it is.
"I am not just coming here to say 'we'll try and just survive'. I know it will be tough with teams like Huddersfield.
"But, if we can be consistent and win many games at home and be clever when we play away and nick points even when we are not playing well, then we have a great chance."
Such ambitions will come as no surprise to many Hartlepool fans, as optimism around Victoria Park has rarely been greater.
Solano's acquisition is just one of several reasons for optimism after an enterprising offer, in which season tickets were sold for just £100 if 4,000 people signed up, captured the imagination of the town.
Indeed, Hartlepool smashed the target with over 5,500 fans purchasing tickets which, given last season's average attendance was 2,933, is no mean feat.
Much like the fans, it is fair to say Solano is full of enthusiasm for the forthcoming season with the midfielder revealing his excitement for Pools' first league outing - against MK Dons on August 6.
"I really can't wait for the first game," added Solano.
"I hate pre-season but it's something you have to do to ensure your fitness for the season.
"Everyone looks forward to playing the first game; MK Dons will be a tough encounter but, then again, every game will be tough in this league.
"Anyone can beat anyone in this division, so we need to focus at all times."
For now Solano is concentrating on his playing days but he is all too aware of the importance of planning ahead.
The Peruvian is already targeting a career in management when the time comes to hang up his boots - something he has enlisted Wadsworth to help with.
"Management is, of course, something I'm thinking about," he added.
"After playing football for so many years, it's the only thing I am thinking about. I love football.
"A big reason for me moving here is because Mick is helping me with the coaching badges and things like that.
"It's nice to get involved in the game that way, although I am not ready yet to be involved in that side of things."
The final statement will be of paramount importance to Wadsworth, who has earmarked Solano for a key role on the pitch this season.
"He (Solano) is a really good signing," said Wadsworth. "If you had said to me this time last year we would be signing him, I'd have thought you were mad.
"I was delighted when we got it in the bag because he brings so much to the club and he has played at the very top of world football.
"For us to have him in our team is fantastic because his team-mates recognise him and how good he is.
"He could play anywhere; he started his career as a sweeper believe it or not. I don't see him playing there but I bet he could and I think it would be a breeze for him.
"I think he will be playing on the right - that's where he is most comfortable. Already in training to see him work and what he brings has been brilliant."
Solano's delivery, in particular, excites Wadsworth.
He added: "Nobby has the postcode of all the players and I think he will find them."