Ronnie Moore looks to bring in up to NINE new players at Hartlepool United

Ronnie Moore celebrating in front of the Hartlepool United fans at the end of the game against Carlisle United. Picture by FRANK REID
Ronnie Moore celebrating in front of the Hartlepool United fans at the end of the game against Carlisle United. Picture by FRANK REID
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RONNIE Moore is looking to bring in up to NINE new players at Hartlepool United following his summer cull.

The Pools boss will sit down with chairman Ken Hodcroft tomorrow to finalise the club’s retained list before informing the squad who will remain come pre-season.

We need eight or nine new players in for sure

Ronnie Moore

Winger Jack Compton has already left as Moore looks to refresh the squad and focus on the club’s younger players.

Speaking after the dramatic 3-3 season finale at Carlisle United, Moore again reiterated his plans for BIG changes during the off season.

And he is looking to use the wages from the outgoing experienced players to bring in up to nine new players over the summer months.

Marlon Harewood and defender Stuart Parnaby are among the highest earners facing the axe, while Matthew Bates could also have played his final game.

Moore, who has no plans for a summer holiday, wants to add more “pace and endeavour” to his squad.

“I will be having a chat with the chairman on Tuesday and the players will be in on Wednesday,” Moore told SportMail.

“I’ll talk to them and the retained list will be out after that.

“I’m not going to have a break at this moment, I want to get players in and make changes here and if I’m away then it’s hard to work on it, so I’ll wait and see.

“But we need eight or nine in, for sure.

“Most of the lads we keep will be the young lads and we will use the money from the experienced lads to try and strengthen the squad with a bit of pace and endeavour.”

Moore is looking to strengthen all areas, with experienced centre backs and new strikers a priority.

He added: “We need probably two experienced centre-backs in, but where are we getting them from on our budget?

“It is a juggling act now though, who do you keep with options?

“The players who do go, do their wages give us the option to bring in eight or nine players?

“It probably just might.

“There’s a lot of wheeling and dealing to be done but I’m not going to be away because if I’m away then I can’t enjoy it because I’m worrying about signings.

“I would rather go down the Marina and have a beer in the sun!”

Loan players Jordan Hugill and Aaron Tshibola have returned to Preston North End and Reading, respectively, while winger Jordan Jones is back at Championship neighbours Middlesbrough.

Plymouth Argyle striker Marvin Morgan has been a major disappointment since arriving on loan, while Scunthorpe United defender David Mirfin had already returned to his parent club with a badly bruised toe injury.

Pools finished third bottom in Sky Bet League Two, four points above the relegation zone after surviving the drop with a game to spare.

And the Pools boss knows a major improvement is required.

He added: “We have to improve, we have to tighten up defensively.

“We know who needs to come in and what we need to do.

“It’s all going ahead now and the vast majority who were involved at Carlisle won’t be here next season.”