RONNIE Moore has hailed the loan capture of “workaholic” Ryan Bird – but he still hasn’t ruled out further signings at Hartlepool United.
The 27-year-old Cambridge United striker is set to lead the line for Pools against Wimbledon tomorrow and Moore is looking forward to working with the frontman.
Ryan is a good lad – a proven goalscorerHartlepool boss Ronnie Moore
But he is still looking to add further reinforcements, as long as they are better than what he already has at his disposal.
Bird was prolific in non-league for Burnham – including 45 in 45 games during the 2012-13 campaign – before signing for Portsmouth and then Cambridge.
And he will now be vying against Marlon Harewood and Marvin Morgan for a start.
Moore said: “Ryan is a good lad, a proven goalscorer – albeit at non-league level, but Scott Fenwick was the same.
“If you are a goalscorer, then you are a goalscorer, and he gives us one or two more options, he’s a workaholic and gets about the pitch – I think he will be a great addition for us.
“We have to create chances for him and I have no doubt that if and when we do, he will get on the end of them.
“He hasn’t had a consistent run in their side but when he plays a run of games he scores, he has bags of goals at non-league level.
“People may say that is non-league but if you score, you score.
“Scotty [Fenwick] and him are natural goalscorers, while the other two aren’t natural.
“There is a bit of competition now.”
Moore thought he’d secured Bird before the Bury defeat but the deal collapsed at the final hurdle before it was resurrected this week, as revealed by SportMail.
The Pools manager revealed he’d first enquired about the Slough-born striker seven weeks ago but a deal couldn’t be struck, so he was delighted the opportunity came round again.
Moore added: “Ryan isn’t shy, he has come in and is a talker.
“He is a bit like Andy Monkhouse, he has that sort of humour and will be good in the dressing room.
“We are getting one or two good lads in the dressing room now and we don’t need to have the music on from half past one to five to three.
“They can actually talk to each other, which is wonderful experience when I walk in and listen to players actually communicating with each other!”
Pools will again be without the injured Fenwick, the club’s leading scorer in the league, with the striker out for at least a month with an ankle injury.
Moore added: “Scotty missing is a massive blow but I was still looking for another striker.
“With him and Ryan you have two goalscorers there and with [Harewood and Morgan] behind them pushing, then you have options.
“Ryan is aggressive, a lean lad but puts himself about and it’s nice to have competition.
“We are always looking for more, but we have five loanees and I’m not sure the chairman would want me to get someone in and keep them sitting on their backside.
“We look though and no doubt if something comes up better than we have got then I will try and do something.”