ANALYSIS: Deadline day passes quietly at The Vic thanks to Hartlepool getting their business done early

Rakish Bingham in action for Hartlepool United
Rakish Bingham in action for Hartlepool United

There was calm at Victoria Park throughout transfer deadline day.

As clubs up and down the country chased that final deal that would transform their season, The Vic was a sea of tranquillity.

Carl Magnay in action

Carl Magnay in action

Pools, under the guidance of Ronnie Moore and Sam Collins, had done their business nice and early with 11 new players (including loanee Andrew Boyce) arriving at the League Two club this summer.

That meant there was no a repeat of the drama of the last transfer window, when Moore had no choice but to bolster his squad with the team facing relegation square in the face.

In truth, the vast majority of Football League clubs get their business done well in advance of the madness of deadline day.

It seems only the top flight managers, chairman and owners get caught up in the panic-buying, throwing millions of pounds after players they hope will transform their fortunes.

Moore & Co can be very happy with their business over the course of the summer

Mind, with the multi-million pounds on offer from the television deal, it is no wonder clubs will do anything to remain in the Premier League.

Life in League Two is a little different.

But Pools’ squad is still testament to the amount of work the club managed to achieve early on, weeks before the season even started.

Moore is still in the market for cover in midfield and the good news is the emergency loan market opens a week on Wednesday - so there is no need to panic!

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore

The midfield remains a concern. When Carl Magnay went off injured against Carlisle, Pools looked a different team.

While Moore is also still on the lookout for cover in the wide positions, with the manager keen for his side to be as flexible as possible over the course of the campaign.

Another big plus was that Hartlepool also managed to keep hold of their best players too.

Who could forget this time last year, when Luke James’s £500,000 move to League One Peterborough was eventually confirmed on deadline day - leaving Pools no time to replace him properly.

Billy Paynter in action for Hartlepool United

Billy Paynter in action for Hartlepool United

The James transfer saga had rumbled on all summer and thankfully Moore hasn’t had to deal with the same distractions that one of his predecessors Colin Cooper did.

The start of last season couldn’t have gone much worse.

But this year things are looking far brighter - despite back-to-back league defeats to Stevenage and Carlisle United.

Summer signings Billy Paynter and Magnay have added some real quality to the side, with Rakish Bingham looking a threat too thanks to his rapid pace.

Paynter couldn’t have wished for a better start to his Pools career, scoring goals for fun, while Magnay has found a niche in the holding midfielder role.

Calm, technically excellent and with the ability to pick a pass and put in a crunching tackle, versatile Magnay could be the signing of the summer.

Paynter and Bingham will look to push him close, while there is much more to come from the likes of Jake Carroll, Harry Worley and Rhys Oates.

Goalkeepers Adam Bartlett and Trevor Carson - out with a broken toe - were shrewd signings and they have added real strength to the goalkeeping unit.

Carson faces a big fight to get his place in the side back when he does make his return from injury.

Moore & Co can be very happy with their business over the course of the summer, with the experienced manager hoping his new-look side can regain their early season league form and make a push for the play-offs this year.