Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore wants to see more from ex-Kentucky Wildcats striker Justin Laird

Justin Laird in action for Hartlepool United Reserves during their 1-0 victory over Gateshead Reserves. Picture by FRANK REID
Justin Laird in action for Hartlepool United Reserves during their 1-0 victory over Gateshead Reserves. Picture by FRANK REID
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RONNIE Moore says he wants to see more from American striker Justin Laird during his trial at Hartlepool United.

The 21-year-old former Kentucky Wildcats frontman played the full 90 minutes for the reserves in their midweek 1-0 win over Gateshead, with Laird scoring the winner.

But Moore admits he wants to see more of the American because based on that one game it would be a “no” regarding a deal for him.

“We’ve had a trialist in this week but I need to see more of him,” said Moore. “On one game, then no.

“It was nice to see him score and we need a scorer, but it was a tap in – I could have scored it!

“It’s about general play too, which needs improving.

“We’ll take it from there.”

Laird spent time playing in the States before heading to Europe at the turn of the year in a bid to win a professional contract.

He has trained with Swiss clubs FC Lausanne Sport and Servette FC before heading to Pools on the recommendation of an agent.