Ronnie Moore keen to ship fringe players out, but only when he feels Hartlepool are at full strength

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.
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Ronnie Moore is looking to let his fringe players go out on loan – but only when his squad is back to full strength.

Trevor Carson, Dan Jones and Jordan Richards are all nursing injuries at the moment.

That is when the kids will have to come and sit on the bench.

As a result Moore says he cannot allow some of the players on the edge of the match day squad to go elsewhere for first team football just yet.

Third choice keeper Peter Denton, defender Josh Nearney and midfielders Lewis Hawkins and Kieran Green could all be loaned out in a bid to boost their experience.

But Moore – who signed 10 new players in the summer – insists he has no immediate plans to allow any of his squad to leave.

“I have not really thought about that yet,” Moore told SportMail.

“We’ll get the season going and then have a look.

“One or two of the younger ones could go out but it is getting them clubs, that is the hard part.

“But at this present moment in time we need everyone we have got.

“We have three injuries and if you lose another three through injury then you are in big trouble.

“That is when the kids will have to come and sit on the bench.”

The injured trio missed the 1-0 defeat to Chesterfield, with Carson nursing a badly bruised toe and Jones and Richards both out with back injuries.

Moore is sweating on the fitness of Jones, in particular, ahead of the season opener against Morecambe on Saturday.

If he doesn’t make it then Moore will look to bring in cover on loan.

Moore has also been alerted to news Scunthorpe United are willing to let ex-Pools loanee David Mirfin leave on a free.

Mirfin, a key player in last season’s ‘Great Escape’, is understood to be on good money at League One Iron and there is likely to be a lot of interest in him.

But Moore has always been keen to bring him back to Pools, if a deal can be struck.

Moore named just six subs on the bench against Chesterfield, with Hawkins, Kudus Oyenuga and Ebby Nelson-Addy all playing in a youth team friendly on the same day to give them more minutes.

The Pools boss was pleased with his side’s improved defending, with Moore admitting it has been a big concern.

Moore added: “If we had carried on the way we were after the Scunthorpe match then we would have been beaten five or six-nil by Chesterfield.

“But the players have worked hard on the 3-5-2 system and at least they know what we need from them.

“We played some great football and we had one or two chances.

“I am happy in a round about way because the back has worried me, especially having new faces in there.

“Once they bed in, we’ll be stronger,” added Moore.