Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor assesses chances of a new signing before Good Friday match against Dagenham & Redbridge

Dave Challinor has assessed Hartlepool United’s chances of bringing a new player in before the Good Friday match against Dagenham & Redbridge (1pm kick-off).

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 12:30 pm

Pools have been actively pursuing targets for a number of weeks as they look to strengthen before the April 22 registration deadline.

Challinor and his coaching team have been assessing players across the National League North and South after the sixth tier campaign was declared null and void and ended back in February. And the Pools boss revealed that we could still see a player through the door before Friday’s match at Victoria Park.

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Hartlepool United socks during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Boreham Wood at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 5th December 2020. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

“We’re hoping to bring some bodies in as I’ve said previously,” Challinor said.

“The deadline to have a player available for the weekend is 5pm [Thursday]. It’s probably 50/50 whether we get one done before then.”

The Mail understands that the club have made several enquiries into the availability of a number of National League North players, including Spennymoor Town striker Glen Taylor.

“It’s never easy but you hope to bring the right ones in and there are a whole list of names that we’ve explored,” Challinor added.

“The obvious ones that stick out, if they’ve not been done and they’re obvious then I’d suggest there’s a reason because their clubs don’t want to let them out, logistics for players don’t work or our budget doesn’t work.

"We’re looking at players who aren’t playing in Conference North, Conference South and even below that level. We’re looking right the way through but it’s important we get players who will help us for the remainder of the season and are ready to make an impact straight away.”

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