Ronnie Moore happy with early business but warns places are up for grabs at Hartlepool

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore

Ronnie Moore insists he is happy with his early transfer business as he looks to further strengthen his Hartlepool United squad.

But he has warned places are still very much up for grabs with no guarantees to the new signings arriving at Victoria Park.

My view is that when we come back in for pre-season there’ll be eleven pegs to challenge for.

Ronnie Moore, Pools boss

Moore had said he wouldn’t be going away but he is now planning a break given his early breakthroughs on the transfer front.

Pools moved quickly to sign former Mansfield Town striker Rakish Bingham, ex-Barnsley forward Rhys Oates and Carl Magnay after the defender turned down a new contract with Grimsby to sign

for the League Two side.

Moore was pleased to add pacy Oates to his forward options, with Bingham and Scott Fenwick fighting it out for a starting spot.

“Rhys is a little in the mould of Jordan Hugill in that he has a great physique and he’s decent in the air,” said Moore.

“He’s also so quick that he will cause problems in behind for the opposition, in my opinion.

“I think he could be a real handful next season but, to be honest, I haven’t promised anything to anyone in regards to playing in the first team.

“My view is that when we come back in for pre-season there’ll be eleven pegs to challenge for and I don’t give a monkey’s who uses them on the opening day of the new campaign.

“It’ll be about who impresses most in training and in the warm-up games.”

Pools are set to play eight pre-season games against league and non-league opposition, with just one game confirmed so far with League One side Chesterfield visiting on August 1.

Moore and assistant Sam Collins have been working to freshen up a squad in need of a major shake-up, with the management team desperate to add more pace before the squad returns to Maiden Castle, in Durham, at the end of the month.

“We’re happy with the players we have signed so far but there are a few other areas we obviously still need to strengthen,” added Moore.

“The work is going on still and while it would be nice to have everything done before I go on holiday the reality is that we may have to be patient on one or two.

“It won’t stop Sam [Collins] and I trying and, even when I am away, the mobile won’t be far away and I’ll make sure that the work continues – that’s just the life of a football manager!”

The club has also moved to tie Dan Jones down to an improved contract, while Tony Caig has joined as goalkeeping coach to replace Stephen Pears.

Moore added: “We’ve obviously needed a goalkeeping coach since Pearsy left and it’s quite difficult for Sam and I to go and take the keepers – it’s such a specialised position.

“Now we have someone in the club who is trustworthy, has good experience and is highly-skilled so you can’t ask for anything more.”