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Matthew Bates discusses transfers after the loan exit of Jake Cassidy

Jake Cassidy has left Hartlepool United
Jake Cassidy has left Hartlepool United

Matthew Bates has revealed Hartlepool United will NOT replace striker Jake Cassidy.

The frontman went on loan to Maidstone United late on Friday evening having been frozen out of Bates’ first-team plans in recent weeks.

And Bates believes he has got the strength in depth his current crop - with Marcus Dinanga on the bench and returning Luke Williams able to play up top if needed - to not have to dip into the transfer market at this stage in the National League season.

When asked by the Mail whether Cassidy’s departure would see some movement, Bates said: “No. I am happy with the squad we have got. We have no intention to replace.”

Almost 1,000 fans travelled to West Yorkshire to witness Pools make it four wins on the bounce away from the Super 6 Stadium,

Bates was totally blown away by the Poolies’ support - and he’s desperate to see the same again at promotion rivals Salford City.

“We bring that many fans to these close away games that it is like a home game - Pools fans are all you can hear,” he said.

“They are a massive part of the run that we are on. Without them would we have won the last four away from home? Possibly not.

“We need them to keep turning out for us and hopefully we will keep sending them home happy.”

Meanwhile, defender Peter Kioso looks set to miss the trip to Salford tomorrow having picked up his fifth booking of the season at the Shay on Saturday.

“We are expecting the ban to come through for Tuesday,” said Bates.