Hartlepool United boss Dave Challinor discusses goalkeeping options and has this message for Derby County loanee

Dave Challinor continues to weigh-up his Hartlepool United goalkeeping options following the serious injury to Ben Killip.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 6:00 am

With Killip out injured, Derby loanee Henrich Ravas started in goal for Pools’ 2-0 win against Notts County.

And with Pools fearing that Killip’s season could be over, Challinor is looking at all options, though he insists it is currently Ravas’ shirt to lose.

Killip, 25, was forced off with ligament damage during Pools’ 2-2 draw at Boreham Wood, when forward Rhys Oates was forced to play in goal.

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Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor. Chris Booth | MI News & Sport Ltd
Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor. Chris Booth | MI News & Sport Ltd

When asked whether Pools will look to make a goalkeeper signing, Challinor said: “We’ll look at things and have been looking at things.

"If we can get some experience, that will potentially help us.

"As good as Brad [Young] can be further down the line, we’re in a high pressure situation where, I wouldn’t say it’s not fair on him as a young goalkeeper but when he does come into the side, he’s going to learn and make mistakes and games where your season is potentially on the line isn’t an ideal environment to do that.

"We need to look at that but if he is required I’m still sure he’d do a good job for us.”

Asked whether York City’s Pete Jameson was a potential option, Challinor said: “No, there has been 15 names mentioned in terms of goalkeepers and for us it’s about getting the ones who potentially fit and how it works logistically.

"There has been lots talked about and we’re not in a huge rush, we’ve got a couple of weeks before the deadline and we’ll make sure we cover bases.

"Henrich got his opportunity Saturday and has taken that in terms of what he’s done so the shirt is his to lose if you like and hopefully he can stay in there and keep doing well for us.”

When asked about Killip ahead of his side’s home meeting with Notts County, Challinor said: “He had an x-ray, all clear in terms of that. He went to see a specialist and the news isn’t great but that’s through assessment rather than actual fact. He’ll be scanned on Tuesday and we’ll see where we’re at.

"The reality is that if the injury he’s got is what the specialist thinks then he won’t play again this season."

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