Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore happy with Luke James and Josh Laurent. But will there be more business?

Net gain: Luke James
Net gain: Luke James

Ronnie Moore is pleased with Hartlepool United’s transfer-deadline work – but has not ruled out more business when the loan window opens on Monday.

Pools signed Luke James on a half-season-long loan from Peterborough United and picked up midfielder Josh Laurent on a free transfer from Brentford.

He has a good engine on him and likes to go box-to-box

RONNIE MOORE

“I’m happy with what we did,” Moore said at his media conference today.

“We needed strengthening and we feel we have done that.

“The two lads will help us on the right path, get us to where we need to be.”

James is almost certain to start up front at Notts County on Saturday though Laurent may have to wait for his chance.

“Luke coming back is good for us all,” said Moore. “Considering where he could have gone – there were clubs higher up than us after him – and he wanted to come back here which was pleasing.

“He will give us something different, pace and some determination and hard-work which can only improve us.

“Josh is a young kid, still learning his trade.

“He has a good engine on him and likes to go box-to-box.

“The opportunity came to get him in and does he start straight away or let him get to know us and develop him?

“But when he became available we felt it was a move we felt was right for the club.

“We always look for more and we would like our own players, to make permanent signings.

“We had bids in, bids rejected, bids accepted and then players turn us down.

“We have looked at non-league, three different players, and had offers knocked back then accepted then players want to leave it to the summer because of their agents getting involved.

“We are trying – we are looking at improving and helping the players we have.”

Moore says the club may move players out on loan to get games and keep their eyes peeled to see if anyone becomes available who would benefit Pools.

“The loan window opens next week,” said Moore. “But we can only play five so we will need to look at what areas we need to strengthen.”