Deadline Day: Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore in the market for a midfielder

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore

What can Hartlepool United fans expect on deadline day?

One thing is for sure, it won’t be as busy as the January transfer window was.

Earlier this year, with Pools staring relegation in the face, new and quality additions were needed. And Ronnie Moore & Co didn’t disappoint.

In came Scott Harrison on a permanent contract from Premier League neighbours Sunderland on deadline day.

He was joined by loanees Marvin Morgan (who scored one crucial goal but was otherwise a flop) and David Mirfin (a huge factor behind survival), while Nicky Featherstone signed an extended deal.

All important signings and they kick-started the survival push, which was ultimately a successful one.

Pools were the busiest club in the North East in January.

Will it be as busy at Victoria Park today?

No. We can say that quite comfortably given Pools have already made 11 signings this summer, including Andrew Boyce on loan from Scunthorpe.

Pools got their business done early and they did it well, bringing in the likes of Rakish Bingham, Billy Paynter, Harry Worley and Carl Magnay.

The other factor is Pools are in action tonight, hosting Sheffield United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

But that isn’t to say there won’t be any incomings at The Vic.

Moore is, after all, still in the market for midfield cover, a loan signing, given the injury concerns to Magnay, while Woods is still working his way to full fitness.

That is the area Moore needs to strengthen - along with a new winger. So, if an opportunity arises, you can bank on Moore acting.

Mind, even when the transfer window for permanent signings closes, the loan window opens again in eight days...