Rakish Bingham admits that Hamilton’s continued desire to sign him proved a major attraction after he joined Accies at the second time of asking.
The striker could make his Hamilton debut against Ross County on Saturday three years after the club tried to sign him on loan from Wigan.
The 22-year-old said: “I had a chance to come here a few years ago and chose Falkirk at the time for personal reasons, but I have always held Hamilton in high regards and I’m happy to be here now.
“Alex Neil was the manager at the time but I remember playing against the gaffer (Martin Canning), and to come back now and still be wanted is always a plus.
“It’s the perfect club for me to steady myself, find my feet and show people what I am made of.”
Bingham moved from Wigan to Mansfield before going to Hartlepool, where he scored four goals in 38 appearances last season.
“I had a lot of ups and downs last season at Hartlepool,” he said. “I am still relatively young so I’m still learning and I feel that’s put me in better shape to take a step forward in my career, and I’m looking to make amends.
“I started the first 15 games and then went through a phase where I wasn’t starting, there was a change of manager and loads of different things that happen in football – things out of my hands and also things in my hands. But I feel I am in better shape for that now.”