Duckworth has high hopes for new-look Hartlepool United next season

Michael Duckworth in action against Carlisle United.
Michael Duckworth in action against Carlisle United.
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MICHAEL Duckworth can’t wait to see how a new-look Hartlepool United side shape up next season.

Ronnie Moore has pledged to make sweeping changes this summer, with several out-of-contract experienced pros set to be shipped out when the club’s retained list is finally released this week.

It will be good to see next year what we are like

Michael Duckworth

Moore is keen to bring in up to nine new players before pre-season training using the wages from those players whose time at Pools has come to an end.

The 62-year-old told SportMail the team that finished the season with the 3-3 draw at Carlisle United won’t be the one starting the new Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Versatile Duckworth, who signed a new contract at the club last summer, is expected to be part of his plans.

And the 23-year-old full-back is looking forward to seeing the changes as he hopes for a more settled season.

As well as struggling to stay in the Football League, the Pools squad also had to contend with three managers and a failed takeover bid during a turbulent 10-month campaign.

Duckworth told SportMail: “It has been chopped and changed this season with the new managers but as a squad we handled it well and the gaffer is great.

“He is old school, which some have liked and others have disliked.

“But at the end of the day, he is our gaffer and what he says goes.

“Something clicked [after Moore arrived] and we went on

a little run.

“That helped us out massively and it will be good to see next year what we are like.”

Marlon Harewood, Stuart Parnaby and Matthew Bates are all out-of-contract and expected to join Jack Compton in leaving Pools.

Pools almost dropped out of the Football League, narrowly avoiding relegation after spending five-months at the foot of League Two.

Moore wants to clear the decks and stamp his own mark on the side in a bid to avoid that happening again.

And Duckworth says Pools will be stronger for the experience of the season just gone.

Duckworth added: “You have to have those experiences to build on but the threat of relegation out of the Football League isn’t something you want to keep happening.

“We need to build on this now.”