Collins wants Hartlepool United pair to see the positives

Kieran Green.
Kieran Green.

SAM Collins has urged Hartlepool United youngsters Kieran Green and Josh Nearney not to see their loan spells as a “negative”.

Pools have sent midfielder Green to Evo-Stik League First Division North outfit Spennymoor Town, while Nearney has made a temporary switch to neighbours Darlington 1883.

Both made their debuts for their new clubs at the weekend and Collins said it is up to them to make the most of their spell away and come back better footballers.

Green, 17, was a sub in Spennymoor’s match at home to Droylsden, while centre back Nearney was in from the start for Darlington at home to Clitheroe, a match they drew 1-1.

Nearney was replaced at half-time though due to muscle tightness on his debut.

Both will be away from Pools for a month.

Collins is Pools’ reserve team manager and he spoke with the pair, who have been regulars in his side, before they went out on loan.

“The two young lads have gone out on loan and I spoke to them about it and told them not to see it as a negative,” Collins told SportMail.

“I think it is a brilliant move for the pair of them. Going to Darlington and Spennymoor will help their development as young players.

“It is a great chance to go and get some first-team football under their belts and enjoy a great experience.

“They will be better for it.”

Green is highly-rated at Pools, with then caretaker boss Collins handing him his senior debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against Sheffield United last month.

The winger came on in Spennymoor’s 3-2 win over Droylsden and manager Jason Ainsley has thanked Pools for allowing Green to spend time on loan at his club.

Ainsley said: “Kieran is very well thought of at Hartlepool and hopefully it will benefit all parties.

“I spoke to numerous people about Kieran and everyone had glowing reports to say about him.

“To play in the first team at 17 is a tremendous achievement and when I spoke to him his excitement was evident.”

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Nearney signed professional terms with Pools in the summer but is still waiting on his first team debut.

Pools boss Paul Murray had been keen for Nearney to get some senior football under his belt as he has been a regular in the reserves since he joined the club at Under 16 level from Wallsend Boys Club.

l FANS are being reminded that tickets for Hartlepool United’s second round FA Cup match with Blyth Spartans are now on sale.

The match against Spartans at Victoria Park on Friday, December 3 (KO 7.55pm) are currently on sale to season tickets holders before going on general sale.

Prices for the game are £20 for adults and £10 for concessions.

Season ticket holders have until 5.30pm on Saturday, November 29 (after the home game with Wycombe Wanderers) to buy their tickets for the FA Cup tie.

There are no student concessions for this fixture.