RONNIE Moore is planning extra sessions on the training ground with Scott Fenwick in a bid to pass on his expertise to the Hartlepool United forward.
The Pools boss was a prolific striker in his playing days with the likes of Tranmere Rovers and Rotherham United and he is now looking to work more closely with the 24-year-old.
Fenwick was plucked from non-league Dunston by ex-boss Paul Murray and has so far scored twice in 10 appearances but he was dropped for the trip to Shrewsbury Town, with Marlon Harewood restored after a three-match ban.
Pools were beaten 3-0 but Moore defended his decision to drop the Gateshead-born hitman saying the side needed Harewood’s added physical presence against a big Shrewsbury back three.
Fenwick came on as a sub for Harewood in the second half and showed plenty of willing up front.
Moore has told SportMail that he wants to turn Fenwick into a “top striker” and hopes extra sessions at Maiden Castle, in Durham, will help on that front.
“I’m going to get Scotty back in the afternoons and do a little bit of work with him and try and make him into a decent striker,” said Moore after the Shrewsbury defeat.
For the first time since taking the Pools job in mid-December Moore came under criticism from a section of supporters for dropping Fenwick after he had scored in the previous weekend’s 2-0 win over Cheltenham - the club’s first win in 13 matches.
Fenwick is a natural goalscorer but Moore is adamant he can improve his overall game.
“Scott Fenwick took his goal [against Cheltenham] well and played well and could have had two or three,” said Moore.
“His hold-up play - which isn’t a good point for him - was positive.
“He has to make the ball stick and we’ve got that across to him.
“He’s now playing professional football and he isn’t playing non-league.
“He needs to produce and I honestly didn’t feel he had last week’s performance [against Cheltenham] in him.
“What I have seen from him since I’ve been here hasn’t filled me with juice and honey to be honest but he has taken things on board and has to learn the game.
“It’s okay scoring 40-odd goals in a season there, because you stand up front and they give you the ball.
“At this level there’s a lot more – being strong, knowing the movements, playing on the shoulder, giving the centre-backs a game.
“I was a striker most of my life and if I can’t teach him then I’m not doing my job right.
“I want to turn him into a top striker – not only scoring, but working hard off the ball for the team,” added Moore.