Ambitious Flinders wants Hartlepool United to finish season on a high

Scott Flinders in action.  Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Flinders in action. Picture by FRANK REID

SCOTT Flinders still harbours ambitions of playing at a higher level – but his focus remains fully on finishing the season on a high by helping Hartlepool United stay in the league.

The 28-year-old Pools stopper has been an ever present for the club this season in what has turned out to be a turbulent campaign on and off the pitch.

Pools – who have had three managers plus new owners take over the running of the club find themselves eight points adrift of safety with half of the season gone.

The highly-rated stopper, who is coached by Stephen Pears, has also endured an up and down season by his high standards but he says the determination is there to improve.

And he says he is being pushed hard in training by number two Jon Maxted.

His previous understudy Andy Rafferty left the club earlier in the season before being eventually replaced by former Doncaster Rovers stopper Maxted.

Flinders told SportMail: “Johnny is good and he has had the experience of working with Donny last year.

“He has been on the bench for a number of games and he has that experience of playing with the professionals and pushing me.

“I push myself as well and I am always going to be.

“I want to be playing higher, so the better I train and play in games will hopefully stand me in good stead,” added Flinders, who has made 252 appearances for Pools.

Flinders has been at the club since the summer of 2009 and he admits he was honoured to be handed the armband when Sam Collins took caretaker charge after Colin Cooper left.

He retained the captaincy under Paul Murray and under new boss Moore – his third manager of the season.

Flinders told SportMail he was honoured to be kept on as captain and is now determined to help do all he can to give a little back to the long-suffering supporters.

“It is a privilege to have the armband,” said Flinders.

“I have been at the club long enough now to see how the club is ran and what they want and expect.

“I am honoured to still keep it under the new manager and I want to finish this season on a high.

“All we can do is give the supporters something to cheer about in 2015 as this is a new start under the new manager.

“We have to give them something back and hopefully they will see a different team now under the new manager.”