Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor exploring option of a permanent deal for Salford City midfielder Mark Shelton following loan move

Hartlepool United completed the loan signing of Salford City midfielder Mark Shelton last week though Dave Challinor as hinted things could be taken ‘a bit further’.

Monday, 16th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 16th December 2019, 11:53 am
Mark Shelton of Salford City in action during the Sky Bet League Two match between Salford City and Stevenage at Moor Lane on August 03, 2019 in Salford, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
Mark Shelton of Salford City in action during the Sky Bet League Two match between Salford City and Stevenage at Moor Lane on August 03, 2019 in Salford, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Shelton was an unused substitute during Pools’ shocking FA Trophy collapse at Harrogate Town on Saturday and is on loan at Victoria Park on an initial one month deal.

The 23-year-old has won two promotions with Salford and despite Hartlepool’s midfield being competitive, Challinor isn’t ruling out extending the deal further.

“It’s initially a loan move but with his circumstances with Salford, there the potential for that to go a bit further,” said the United boss.

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“This is an opportunity for us to have a look at him and him to have a look at us and see where things develop from there.

“Shelts is a good age and a different midfielder compared to what we have in the squad. He’s a winner and has had two promotions with Salford so is used to playing in an environment where there is an expectation and there’s certainly that here so I think he’ll be a good fit for us.

“We’re looking at other things too but we’ll only bring in players who will make us better.”

And following Saturday’s performance, Challinor is keen to address things quickly as he added: “My actions will speak louder than words.

“There comes a point where you have to look at personnel, it’s a difficult one but I’ve got to do everything I can to get it right and if that means changing personnel, then so be it.”