Hartlepool boss Moore keen to look at more trialists


RONNIE Moore is looking to bring in further trialists to see if they are worthy of a contract at Hartlepool United.

The Pools boss says it is a “good option” for the club to bring players in to train at Maiden Castle, in Durham and play in the reserve matches as it doesn’t cost anything.

Moore, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s reserve clash with Hull City, gave three trialists a match last week but decided against pursing it any further.

Slovenian trialists Danijel Jurisic, a striker, and central defender Denis Mesic both featured against Burton Albion but didn’t impress.

Meanwhile, Scouse midfielder Danny Ventre, who had been playing in Ireland, also featured but Moore wasn’t impressed.

Moore has so far brought in Sunderland defender Scott Harrison and Mansfield Town striker Rakish Bingham on loan deals until the end of the season, while Reading’s Aaron Tshibola joined for a month.

But he has struggled to add further new faces to his squad and the 61-year-old is understandably keen to see any free agents in action before committing to them.

Moore told SportMail: “I have told agents I will look at their players if they pay the hotel costs etc or I say if we end up keeping them, then we will pay the bill after.

“I have said that to a lot of agents and I’d imagine we’d get a few more in on trial.

“It is worth it for us just to have a look – it doesn’t cost us.

“It is a good option for the club.”

Last week the reserves were held to a 1-1 draw away at Burton Albion in the Final Third Development League and they are in cup action tomorrow. The Final Third Development League Cup match against Hull City will be played at Billingham Town’s Bedford Terrace ground (KO 2pm).

It is the reserves’ final match of the group stage, with Pools beating Gateshead in the first match before tasting defeat against Middlesbrough and Scunthorpe United’s second string.

Matthew Bates, Brad Walker and Nicky Featherstone could all get a run-out having not made it off the bench in the first team’s 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town.

Marlon Harewood is back from suspension and could feature to build up match fitness.