Ronnie Moore can’t believe Hartlepool United transfer business

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore

Ronnie Moore admits Hartlepool United’s early transfer business has “exceeded” even his own expectations.

The League Two side have been quick to add six new permanent signings, with Rakish Bingham, Rhys Oates, Carl Magnay, Trevor Carson, Jake Carroll and Harry Worley all joining.

I think we’ve probably managed to exceed my expectations in terms of how much business we’ve been able to get done

Ronnie Moore

Moore praised the support of outgoing owners IOR, chairman Ken Hodcroft and chief executive Russ Green and hopes to make further signings in the coming weeks.

The Pools manager has made of no secret of his desire to add another striker and two wingers to his squad before the players return to pre-season training a week on Monday.

Moore said: “I think we’ve probably managed to exceed my expectations in terms of how much business we’ve been able to get done by this point in the summer and hopefully we might manage some more breakthroughs before the lads all return for pre-season training.

“I think if I was putting together an ideal shopping list now it would have a big target man striker on it and probably a couple of wingers.

“I think if we get those players in then we’ll be getting close to having a competitive squad that can play 4-4-2, 3-5-2 or 4-3-3.

“We’ve got three strikers in the club now in Rakish Bingham, Scott Fenwick and Rhys Oates – and I’ve got a feeling that Rhys is going to be one that might surprise a few people.

“But I would still like four strikers and ideally I want a big 6ft 2ins or 6ft 4ins player to complement what we already have.

“Of course it’s easier said than done to find one of those who can score you twenty goals a season and wants to come and play in League Two for Hartlepool – it may be that we’re looking at the younger end of the market and it could be further down the line, but we’ll keep on working at it.

“As I have always said, it’s preferable to have your players in for the start of pre-season but there are going to be an awful lot of footballers looking for contracts so there’s always the possibility that people will be willing to come in and train with us in pre-season to try and impress so we’ll see how it all develops.”

Goalkeeper Carson was Moore’s sixth summer signing and the manager said he was “delighted” to secure his signature.

Moore added: “In terms of Trevor’s qualities I hate saying he’s a good shot-stopper – because you’re in trouble if you’ve got a goalkeeper who can’t stop shots!

“He can also kick a ball very well with both feet, he’s dominant in his area and has good experience of the Football League and has obviously been away on international duty recently which is great for him too.”