PAUL Murray has backed Hartlepool United youngsters Kieran Green and Josh Nearney to come back better players after sending the pair out on loan.
Midfielder Green has signed for Evo-Stik League First Division North outfit Spennymoor Town and the 17-year-old has gone straight into their squad for today’s home game against Droylsden.
Centre-back Nearney has made a temporary switch to neighbours Darlington 1883 and he was also due to make his debut for them today.
Both will be away from Pools for a month and Murray believes they will both benefit from it.
“They have gone out on loan to get some first team football,” Murray told SportMail.“I think it will benefit them both to be playing some regular football.
“I know Kieran has ability but he is only young and it is great that another club has taken an interest in him.
“Spennymoor have a good set-up and it will prove a good link for us going forward.
“It is the same with Josh.
“He has potential but we need to see him in that environment where you are playing 90 minutes week-in, week-out – to be at the heart of a defence in a proper game.”
Green is highly-rated at Pools, with then caretaker boss Sam Collins handing him his senior debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against Sheffield United last month.
Nearney, 19, signed professional terms with Pools in the summer but is still waiting on his first team debut.
Murray has been keen for him to get some senior football under his belt as he has been a regular in the reserves since he joined the club at Under 16 level from Wallsend Boys Club.
He went straight into the Quakers squad for their home game against Clitheroe today for their Evo-Stik League First Division North fixture.
Their departures came on a busy day for the Sky Bet League Two club, with Newcastle United striker Adam Campbell signing on loan, while Murray also brought in goalkeeper Jon Maxted on a permanent contract.