Moore: Get in real world

Lewis Hawkins in action against Shrewsbury Town.

Lewis Hawkins in action against Shrewsbury Town.

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RONNIE Moore is sending his fringe Hartlepool United players out on loan so they can get a taste of the “real world”.

Midfielder Lewis Hawkins has joined high-flying Evo-Stik First Division North club Spennymoor Town on a month’s loan and Moore has revealed winger Connor Smith is set to follow him out the door.

Moore insists their futures are with Pools but hopes they will benefit from their time away from the club.

Hawkins had hoped to turn out for Spennymoor at the weekend but their game was called off.

The 21-year-old has made four starts and three sub appearances for the Pools first team but is yet to start since Moore took charge at the club.

“Lewis has gone out to get some football,” Moore told SportMail.

“Mind their game was off at the weekend - typical!

“Connor Smith is another who will be going out on loan to get some games.

“It is not about us not wanting them, they are future players for this club.

“But it is no good for them to be watching games.

“They need to be playing and taking a look at the real world.

“They will be training with us still.

“This is just another experience for them, one from which we hope they benefit.”

Hawkins featured twice last month under Moore, coming on as a sub for the last 20 minutes at high-fliers Wycombe and Shrewsbury. But his appearance at Adams Park ended with a red card.

Middlesbrough-born Hawkins is rated by assistant Sam Collins and was used when he was in caretaker charge earlier in the season.

Jason Ainsley, Spennymoor manager, said: “I am delighted to finally get Lewis to the club on a months loan to bolster our squad for a very busy schedule. Every respected person I have spoken to has given glowing references about Lewis and I’m really looking forward to seeing him in the Spennymoor shirt.”