Hartlepool United sign Boro’s ex-York defender Brad Halliday on loan

Brad Halliday in action for York City v Cheltenham Town last season
Brad Halliday in action for York City v Cheltenham Town last season

Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore has signed Middlesbrough defender Brad Halliday on a month’s loan.

Pools were struggling for a right-back for Saturday’s League Two trip to Exeter City after injuries to Jordan Richards and Michael Duckworth and a suspension for Carl Magnay.

He’s a young lad but he has good experience of League Two

RONNIE MOORE

But Moore has brought in the 20-year-old Boro product, who last season impressed on loan for York City in League Two.

Halliday will be given the number 26 spot in the squad and will make his debut at St James Park.

Until the signing of the Redcar-born prospect, midfielder Nicky Featherstone was favourite to deputise there.

“He’s a young lad but he has good experience of League Two,” said Moore.

“At this present time we haven’t got a fit right-back in the club and I don’t think Nicky wants to play there!”

Halliday, a regular for Middlesbrough’s U21 side in the Barclays Premier Reserve League, joined York on a one-month loan last November, providing cover and competition for right-back Marvin McCoy.

Such was his form he clinched the spot in his own rigfht and stayed the entire season, making 24 appearances and scoring one goal.

Duckworth had starte the season well for Pools at right-back, only to suffer a hamstring strain when making a last-ditch tackle in the Johhnstone’s Paints Trophy tie with Sheffield United.

Magnay filled the void on Saturday at Wycombe where he was sent off for tangling with Ryan Sellers, throwing the home sub to the floor. He has been given a three-game ban.

With Richards not having featured this season because of back trouble and Josh Nearney, who replaced Duckworth ion the JPT, also injured, Moore was desperate for loan cover.

He has, thankfully, succeeded.