Craig Harrison wants Hartlepool United transfer success

New Hartlepool United manager Craig Harrison.
New Hartlepool United manager Craig Harrison.

Craig Harrison wants to make instant “in-roads” into the transfer market at Hartlepool United.

The new man at the helm at the Northern Gas & Power Stadium has scope to carry out acquisitions.

I’ve spoken to seven or eight players and made in-roads to bring people in and I’ll follow them up this week


Pools have freed up some room in the squad, having released nine players, including two big wage-earners, Rob Jones and Billy Paynter.

And the club have also sold Nathan Thomas to Sheffield United, while Lewis Alessandra has joined League Two side Notts County.

Harrison says he wants some success to report this week and, ideally, he’d love his squad in place by the time pre-season training gets under way at the end of June.

“I’d like to get it done as soon as possible,” said the former Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace defender.

“We’ll be working on it this week without a shadow of a doubt

“I’ve had conversations since my appointment and I’ve spoken to seven or eight players and made in-roads to bring people in and I’ll follow them up this week.

“We still have four weeks left until we are back for pre-season and nine weeks before the start of the season.

“It’s something I’d like to get done as soon as possible.

“I’d love to have everyone here for the first day of pre-season, it’s pretty key.

“But if quality pops up along the way at other times you sometimes have to accept that and add them later on.”

The majority of players remain under contract, Trevor Carson, Kenton Richardson, Scott Harrison, Liam Donnelly, Lewis Hawkins, Nicky Featherstone, Michael Woods, Nicky Deverdics, Devante Rodney and Padraig Amond

Three out-of-contract players have been offered new deals, Carl Magnay, Brad Walker and Rhys Oates.

Magnay is one of three players with extensive National League experience, along with Deverdics and Amond.

Harrison says he does not want to see any of the club’s players leave the Vic, but says he wants to establish quickly who is in and who might be out.

“It’s key we have all the experience and knowledge we can get to get out of the division as soon as possible,” said the 39-year-old.

“We all have to go in one direction, everyone has to know what the plan is, what the target is and get there as quickly as we possibly can.”

Louis Rooney, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Pools, is available after he was released by hometown club Plymouth.

The striker barely featured for Pools, despite being man of the match on his debut.

He told SportMail he enjoyed his time at the club and in town though whether that could tempt to move out of the Football League is another matter.

His friend and former Pilgrims team-mate, Tyler Harvey, is also thought to be available but given he failed to find the net once last season for Wrexham in the National League or for Truro City in NL South, he might not feature on Harrison’s radar.