DAVID Mirfin’s loan spell ends after tomorrow’s crunch clash with Wimbledon – but Ronnie Moore is hopeful of extending his stay at Hartlepool United.
Mirfin is expected to make his fifth consecutive start as basement side Pools go for only their seventh league win of the season against the Dons at Victoria Park (KO 3pm).
We have spoken and I think he will be here until the end of the season.Pools boss Ronnie Moore
Moore has praised Mirfin’s “massive” influence on the dressing room and is keen to tie the Scunthorpe United defender down until May.
He told SportMail initial talks have taken place with the manager confident a deal can be struck ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Dagenham & Redbridge.
Moore has been pleased with his contribution on the pitch as well as helping to guide young centre backs Scott Harrison and Dan Jones, who has been dropped down to the bench in recent weeks.
“We have spoken and I think he will be here until the end of the season,” said Moore.
“He has been massive for us, having him around as well for Jonesy and Scott Harrison more than anything.
“Jonesy has been unfortunate because he hasn’t been playing but he is a young lad and has done nothing wrong.
“He can learn from Mirf and I wouldn’t rule them three playing together before the end of the season.”
Meanwhile, Moore will not be offering a contract to former Manchester United youth John Cofie, who has been on trial for the past fortnight and played in reserves games against Hull City and Mansfield Town, before he went off injured after just 14 minutes.
The 22-year-old striker started his career at Burnley before moving to Manchester United although he didn’t make a first team appearance.
He had spells on loan at Royal Antwerp, Sheffield United and Notts County before signing for Barnsley and then Molde.
“Cofie got injured in the reserves and he is still not match fit,” said Moore.
“I have told him to go away and get some fitness and get some games.
“Then we will have another look at him but at this moment, it is a no.”
But Moore is still keen on offering former Aston Villa youth Ebby Nelson-Addy a short-term contract and is planning talks with chief executive Russ Green and chairman Ken Hodcroft.
The 22-year-old attacker currently plays for Conference North side Brackley Town but has been training with Pools at Maiden Castle.
Moore told SportMail: “Ebby, I am going to speak to Russ [Green] to see if we can do something with him.
“I think he has something, he is quick, can play wide right or wide left and goes by people for fun.
“He is not going to be a queen’s ransom, he just wants the opportunity to play.
“I’m hoping we can do something with him.
“He has been training with us, I just need to get the nod from Russ and the chairman really to see whether we can make that happen.”