Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore hopes to extend loan spells of Kal Naismith, Jake Gray and Adam Jackson until end of the season

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Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore hopes to extend the loan spells of Kal Naismith, Jake Gray and Adam Jackson until the end of the season.

The trio’s current deals end after tomorow’s trip to Newport County, but thedy have impressed during their loans at Victoria Park and Moore hopes to extend their stay “as early as possible.”

Ronnie Moore, Hartlepool United manager

Ronnie Moore, Hartlepool United manager

He said: “It would be good to keep them, then everyone knows where we are.

“They aren’t my players, but they have been part of the squad and they want to be here, which is the main thing.”

Naismith joined Pools from Portsmouth, whose manager Paul Cook recently said he was open to his players staying out on loan, while Gray and Jackson signed from Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough respectively.

Moore said: “With Kai, if Cooky is reading this, I’ve rang him four times and he’s yet to reply!

It would be good to keep them. They aren’t my players, but they have been part of the squad and they want to be here, which is the main thing

Ronnie Moore

“We would like to keep him if we can and fingers crossed he can stay.

“Cooky has said his loan players can stay out and he wants to stay, he’s a decent player, adds a bit of quality and hopefully it’s a deal we can get done quickly.

“Adam and Jake have done well and we hope they can stay. Their development has been good.”

Gray and Jackson have both made eight appearances for Pools, with Gray scoring twice in the 3-1 home win over Leyton Orient, and Jackson being a regular in central defence.

“The deals would have a 24-hour recall, so while they could stay with us, there’s still the option for the parent clubs to call them back.”

Moore has spent time scouting further potential signings over recent days after Pools’ last two fixtures were abandoned and hopes to sign at least two strikers during the window.

He said: “We would like new signings in for Saturday, but it’s hard to throw players in without meeting people which would be the case so that won’t happen.

“Hopefully, it will come during the week, there’s the FA Cup to come and one of the players we are looking at is Cup-tied, but we would like to get the deal done and completed.

“We know we are short and we are looking, waiting to see about loans and signings.

“We need to improve our output – final third is where we have to punish teams. We are OK up to there, but where do we get a 20-goal striker to come to Hartlepool?

“I’ve watched games, we’ve all been out and about looking at players we probably wouldn’t get a chance to.

“All the staff were out looking at games and players, some had bad trips, some not so good, some were a waste of time, but you have to get out and look don’t you?

Pools have been stretched in the right back position with Michael Duckworth and Carl Magnay both suffering injuries but Moore believes the priorities lie elsewhere.

“We are a little bit short at right-back because of injury, but if I have the chance of a right-back and striker I would go for two strikers and fill in at right back however we can.

“Touch wood, you hope strikers can come in, hit it off and get the goals we need.”