Carl Magnay keen to make his mark in Hartlepool United’s 3-5-2 system

Carl Magnay keen to impress Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore
Carl Magnay keen to impress Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore
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Hartlepool United look set to start the season with a 3-5-2 formation - and new signing Carl Magnay is enjoying getting to grips with the system.

Pools boss Ronnie Moore is keen for his side to be as flexible as possible, with the manager targeting another winger to add to his options.

Scott Harrison looks for a pass in the win over Spennymoor Town

Scott Harrison looks for a pass in the win over Spennymoor Town

But the wing-back system is favoured by the manager, with his side playing that way in each of the four friendlies so far, including the 4-0 win over Spennymoor Town.

Versatile Magnay, signed from Grimsby Town, revealed he has never played the system before.

The 26-year-old is comfortable at right-back, right wing-back and in central defence and he played in a back three in the opening 45 minutes against Spennymoor.

But he admits he favours the right wing-back slot.

I want to be an asset in the final third and get crosses in.

Carl Magnay

“It is something I have never played before, 3-5-2,” Magnay told SportMail.

“It looks like it is the way the gaffer wants to go.

“I played the last two years at full-back so there is a bit of adjusting but I’m sure we will continue to work on it and I’ll work hard at it. I enjoy playing right wing-back because you can get involved high up the pitch.

“I want to be an asset in the final third and get crosses in.

“Fitness is a big thing playing wing-back, I am decent at that though and have managed the physical side of things during pre-season really well.

“But I can play in the three too, it will just need some work. I am eager to listen and learn.”

It was a comfortable win in the end for Pools.

Magnay added “We thought it was going to be a tougher game than it turned out to be. I have played pre-season games here before and they make it difficult for you and work hard. But with the formation we played we had a lot of width and moved the ball well and kept the possession really well. We were pleased with that.”