Hartlepool United signings will come but Ronnie Moore sorry to lose Kal Naismith

Kal Naismith
Kal Naismith

Ronnie Moore is disappointed that Kal Naismith will NOT be following Jake Gray and Adam Jackson’s lead in staying at Hartlepool United.

But the Pools boss says new blood will be coming to Victoria Park whether they are permanent buys or loan deals.

I’ve seen a couple of non-league strikers who have done reasonably well, so it’s watch this space really


Moore says he has a list of target but forwards are the priority.

“Kal showed what he was capable of doing and had a cultured left foot,” said Moore of the Portsmouth winger.

“He’ll be a big miss and it will be hard to replace him.

“He was one we thought we’d be all right with, all the signs were good [that he’d stay].

“We’re looking for a winger, two strikers, a right-back, a left-back.”

Moore has watched players at a variety levels and while he has his list, he admits he will need to prioritise.

“We can’t have them all,” he explained. “We’ll have to sit down and look at it, but we definitely need a couple of strikers, whether we buy or look on loan.

“We have targets but we’ll have to see what happens.

“I’ve travelled a lot of miles and seen loads of games, some of them have not been worth it, but I’ve seen a couple of non-league strikers who have done reasonably well, so it’s watch this space really.

“It’s about getting about and seeing the players.

“It’s difficult, in the Under 21 game, where are you going to find a 20-goal-a-season striker who is going to play League Two?

“We’ve made loads of phone calls and have seven or eight irons in the fire.

“For the FA Cup game it’s very unlikely we’ll have anyone in who can play against Derby.

“We’ll try to get them in sharpish Monday or Tuesday so we can have them for the Wycombe match next Saturday which is massive for us.”

Moore spoke of his disappointment that Naismith would not be staying on at the Vic.

The winger joined from Portsmouth in November and had impressed in his four-match stay.

Moore was hoping to keep him until the end of the season, following the success in agreeing similar deals with Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough for Gray and Jackson.

“Kal’s gone back to Portsmouth to try to get back in their team,” said Moore.

“We would have loved him to stay, because he’s a quality player and there’s more to come from him.

“We were looking to take him until the end of the season if we could.

“Before he came, it seems him and manager [Paul Cook] had a chat and they said it was only for a month for him to get some games in before coming back to fight for his place.

“Kal’s taken that literally and he’s gone back.

“The word out of there is that he probably won’t be involved this weekend, so would he have been better off staying here?

“Cooky wanted a 24-hour recall so if you go down that route then you can only have the player for 93 days.

“We’ve had him for 52 so he’d only be here til mid-February but he’d have given us a better chance of winning those games.”