Scott Flinders forgets thoughts of future to focus on Pools survival bid

Scott Flinders in action against Notts County. Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Flinders in action against Notts County. Picture by FRANK REID

SCOTT Flinders’ long-term goal remains a move to higher plains – but for now the Hartlepool United goalkeeper admits he is immersed in the fight for survival.

Many supporters would have forgiven their netminder for looking elsewhere amid the repeated, heavy defeats which scarred the first half of the season.

Flinders was the one player to emerge from that slump with any credit and his fine form has continued during the recent revival under John Hughes.

The 26-year-old has long been the subject of prying eyes from the Championship and above, and there were several Premier League scouts in attendance to witness his heroics during the 1-1 draw at Swindon Town earlier this month.

But all of that can wait, says Flinders, for the remainder of the season he has just one objective.

“We really do believe we can survive, we always have, but now more than ever,” he told SportMail.

“It honestly would be the best feeling I’ve had in football if we could do it.

“We’ve given ourselves a fighting chance now and the gaffer has kept on at us about doing that.

“There’s still a long way to go and all we’ve done is given ourselves that chance, but if we keep winning games then the gap could soon narrow – it’s a challenge which is exciting us.”

He went on: “I’ve been asked about my future before and I’ve never made any secret of my ambition to one day play at a higher level.

“But at the moment all I’m focused on is keeping Hartlepool United in this division.

“That’s all I’m thinking about right now, anything else can wait.”

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