Hartlepool United manager on Danny Elliott arrival and why it doesn't suggest a Stockport County recall for Richie Bennett

Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor has played down the suggestion that the signing of Danny Elliott is a precursor to Richie Bennett being recalled by Stockport County.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 4:45 pm

Pools signed striker Elliott on a short-term deal until the end of the 2020-21 season following his release from Chester earlier in the week.

The 25-year-old is available for selection for Saturday’s National League trip to Wealdstone (12:30pm kick-off) and has been brought in to strengthen Challinor’s attacking options going into the final seven games of the regular season.

With fellow striker Bennett vulnerable to being recalled by promotion rivals Stockport County after scoring twice in as many games for Pools, Challinor has been planning for ‘the worst case scenario’ with a week to go before the player registration deadline.

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Danny Elliott of Chester in action with Andrew White of Altrincham during the Vanarama National League North Play-Off match between Altrincham and Chester at  on July 19, 2020 in Altrincham, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Danny Elliott of Chester in action with Andrew White of Altrincham during the Vanarama National League North Play-Off match between Altrincham and Chester at on July 19, 2020 in Altrincham, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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“We’ve lost Joe Grey and one thing we do lack without Joe and without Oatesy is pace so we’ve been looking to bring another player in who provides that regardless of what happens with Richie,” admitted the Pools boss.

“We may still bring in another one but it’s important the ones we bring in aren’t just here for the sake of it.”

Elliott’s short-term deal opposed to a loan has worked out favourably for Pools as it hasn’t taken up another loan slot.

The side already have six loanees signed up but are only able to name five in their matchday squad.

"Danny hasn’t been in the pipeline very long to be honest,” Challinor added.

“We looked at the league below us and his name was one that popped up and we had the opportunity to do something.

"It’s a great opportunity for him, he’s been training the past few days and he’s been a little bit like a kid in a sweet shop made up with the chance to be back playing football again this season in a division higher playing for a team sat top of the league.

“It’s a good opportunity and has trained really well.

"I wouldn’t say hopefully he gets the opportunity to show what he can do because hopefully he doesn’t but he’s certainly a really good option for us to have and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

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