Ronnie Moore knocking on doors to sign midfielder for Hartlepool United

Michael Woods in action for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth. Picture by FRANK REID
Michael Woods in action for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth. Picture by FRANK REID

Ronnie Moore is “knocking on doors” as he looks to make it a dozen new players at Hartlepool United.

The Pools boss is looking for a midfielder, either a campaigner with “experience” or a young prospect with “energy”.

There are players out there but it’s finding the right one with the physicality

RONNIE MOORE

Michael Woods is a major doubt for tomorrow’s League Two clash against Carlisle United with an ankle injury.

Throw in the fact would-be deputy, Brad Walker, is definitely out with a thigh problem and you can see why Moore is desperate to strengthen his squad.

This time last week, he needed a central defender and made Scunthorpe United tall guy Andrew Boyce his 11th signing, on a month’s loan.

He needs a similar result now in the centre of the park.“I’ve tried to get someone in, knocked on an awful lot of doors and no-one has opened them,” shrugged Moore.

“We really could do with another midfield player, we could be a little short in there.

“Brad has a little knock and won’t be available and Woodsy had an ankle injury and could be missing.

“Trying to get experience in is difficult – there are quite a few young ones out there who we could bring in, but we have to see how the injuries develop.”

Moore admits there is a dilemma in his player search - getting an old head is a long shot while younger talent invariably is hard to identify.

“I always knock on doors for players and sooner or later you get one,” he said.

“If you are looking for experience, there are not many [managers] who are going to let those sort of players out at this present time.

“There are one or two young lads who could give us more energy, a bit more pace to go and join in with the strikers.

“It’s finding the right one, that’s the thing.

“You watch Under-21 football and it’s all tippy-tappy and the physicality of the player has to be right to come in here.

“We don’t want a little lad who might have quick feet but gets smashed all over the place in League Two.

“”You have to be strong

“There are players out there but it’s finding the right one with the physicality.”

The loss of Woods would represent a serious blow.

He has performed superbly alongside Nicky Featherstone and Carl Magnay in a very effective three-man formation.

“Woodsy is 60-40 that he won’t play,” explained Moore. “But we’ll wait and see.

“We have to be careful - he’s just come back from a horrible injury and we’ve played two games a week all the way through.

“We are governed by how he feels, so we probably won’t know until the last minute.

“We all know what a good player he is. The work Buster [Gallagher] did to get him back so quickly was incredible and the lad himself put the effort in to get back fit and playing.

“Woody’s a big player for us, he gets on the ball and passes it and we aren’t as good as when he’s not playing.’’

Walker too is a loss. The teenager had stood out in pre-season only to miss the start of the league and cup programme.

He enjoyed a late cameo against Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup but is back on the sidelines.

“Brad has a thigh strain and he’s had a scan and it will be three to five days,” said Moore.

“It’s down to him really and if he wants to rest it then we are governed by what he wants to do.”