HARTLEPOOL United are still trying to secure a deal to bring a centre-back to the club in time for Saturday’s visit of Dagenham and Redbridge.
Leicester City’s highly-rated defender Cian Bolger has been training with Pools this week and played the full 90 minutes during Tuesday’s reserve-team win at Northern League Horden Colliery Welfare.
And SportMail understands that a loan move for the 18-year-old Irishman could yet be struck by the end of the week.
We told you on Monday that skipper Sam Collins will miss this weekend’s game and Tuesday’s trip to Bristol Rovers.
The 33-year-old suffered medial knee ligament damage during the first two minutes of the New Year’s Day win over Oldham and, while the injury isn’t as bad as first feared, no return date has yet been set.
That being the case, Mick Wadsworth could well be tempted to throw a new arrival into the starting line-up for the Daggers clash and pair them at the heart of the defence alongside Peter Hartley.
Pools have shipped nine goals in Collins’ absence with both Steve Haslam and Gary Liddle having deputised.
Wadsworth said last week that he was looking to recruit a taller player to fill the void left by Collins and Bolger, at 6ft 4ins, certainly fits that bill.
The flame-haired teenager put in a commanding display during the 6-0 victory at Horden, with Wadsworth and backroom aides Micky Barron and Ritchie Humphreys in attendance.
Bolger has been a regular for The Foxes’ under-18 team during the past two seasons and is now in his first year of a professional contract.
As a 17-year-old he was voted the club’s official Academy player of the year and is tipped for a first-team future at The Walkers Stadium, although he’s yet to make his senior debut.
Bolger, nicknamed “Ciano” by followers of Leicester’s youth and reserve teams, also has an eye for goal and poses an attacking threat, especially from set-pieces.