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Luke George is back and confident of Hartlepool United promotion chances

Pools' Luke George. Picture by Gareth Williams/AHPIX.com
Pools' Luke George. Picture by Gareth Williams/AHPIX.com

Luke George believes Hartlepool United have got what it takes in their squad to be at the sharp end of the National League.

And the midfield strongman is pleased to be an active part of it.

I’m looking over my shoulder because Lewis Hawkins is there and Conor Newton is on his way back

LUKE GEORGE

George missed the first two and a half months of the season through injury but made his first start at the weekend when Pools won 2-0 at Torquay.

While the fourth away win of the campaign only moved Craig Harrison’s side to 12th, it did pull them to within a point of the top seven ahead of this Saturday’s break for the first round of the FA Cup.

So can Pools make an impact in the promotion race?

“Without a doubt,” declared George, who says turning draws into wins will be key to their ambitions. “Our dressing room has more than enough quality to be up there.

“The National League is so close, it will come down to who wants to grab hold of it and take charge.

“You have to go and win games in this division.

“I think we touched upon it after Tranmere that yes, we’re on an unbeaten run but we’ve had quite a few draws in there but we have to turn them into wins.

“We have a break on Saturday with the FA Cup at Morecambe, which is nice, we want to do well in that competition.”

George said he felt frustrated at being out of action while Pools struggled through those initial weeks of the season.

“I was pulling my hair out,” admitted the ex-Chester midfielder, who played well at Plainmoor at the weekend.

“The start was not what we wanted and it’s bad when you are out because there’s nothing you can do except perhaps try to have an effect in the dressing room and training ground.

“I’ve probably been training for a few weeks but I’ve had to wait for my chance, there’s a lot of competition for places.

“I’ve come in but I’m looking over my shoulder because Lewis Hawkins is there and Conor Newton is on his way back.

“It’s up to me to try to keep that shirt, no-one else.

“With me not having had much game time, I need to get my match-sharpness up, this was the first time I’ve done a 90 since the end of last season.

“I’ve missed a good few months, but it will come.