Tom Hateley has revealed how a glowing recommendation from former Motherwell team-mate Henrik Ojamaa convinced him to chase a move to Poland.

The 24-year-old is training with Slask Wroclaw this week following his release by Tranmere Rovers with a view to earning a permanent deal with the Ekstraklasa outfit.

He could potentially join Ojamaa, of champions Legia Warsaw and Lech Poznan's Barry Douglas in Polish football if he impresses.

And Hateley has been left in no doubt that it would be the right move after seeking advice from his old Fir Park pal.

He said: "I spoke to Henrik (Ojamaa) last week about it. I was good friends with him up at Motherwell - he did really well up there and won a move to Poland.

"He said nothing but good things about the football here and his recommendation was a big part of why I have come over. I am excited about what the next few days have in store - fingers crossed that something can happen.

"Henrik told me the pace of the game is slower in Poland than in Scotland or England. I like to have the ball and play technically, so hopefully the style here could suit me.

"I've heard good things about the club, I have been to the see the stadium and the training ground has great facilities."

The former Reading youngster joined Tranmere in September after ending his four-year spell at Motherwell last summer. However, his time in League One proved to be underwhelming, as he made just 10 appearances.

And, as Hateley looks to rejuvenate his career on the continent, he has been joined by a familiar face in Slask Wroclaw training.

Marco Paixao, who, along with his brother Flavio, was on the books of Motherwell's Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton, is enjoying a prolific debut season in Poland, scoring 10 goals in 16 games.

Hateley would love to replicate the impact made by his former foe.

He added: "I played against him (Paixao) when I was at Motherwell - he was at Hamilton at the time - and he was a very good player.

"He has obviously done really well to get his move over here and do well in the short time he has been at the club. If I can make anything like the impression he has then I will be more than happy with that."