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Matthew Bates provides Hartlepool United transfer update - plus news on trialists

Mathew Bates
Mathew Bates

Matthew Bates has issued an update on Hartlepool United's transfer business after a busy few weeks.

Pools have already brought in five new faces this summer after an eye-catching start to the window, with Myles Anderson, Niko Muir, Paddy McLaughlin, Andrew Davies and Liam Noble all moving to the Vic.

The Hartlepool manager has admitted he is pleased with his early summer business - and he will continue to monitor several trialists who are training with the side.

But Bates has warned that any future incomings may take time to complete, with players possibly having to move in the opposite direction before transfers can be sanctioned.

Speaking in his regular blog on the club's official website, the former centre back admitted that some unwanted players may be moved on.

"Away from training there are still conversations going on regarding potential transfers but the budget is starting to get a little tight and it might be we have to look at moving players out before we can bring any more in," he admitted.

"It’s a possibility that will happen but things can take time – a lot of our business may have been done quickly but I don’t think that’s the norm really.

But that's not to say Bates won't still be looking for new faces.

The manager is casting his eye over several trialists ahead of Pools' first pre-season friendly at Billingham Town this Saturday (12pm kick-off), but said that any future deals may take slightly longer to complete.

Bates is also keen to look towards the loan market as he attempts to strengthen.

"We will still have trialists in at the training ground and keep looking at things so if anything jumps out at you then we’ll have to see what can be done," he added.

"Overall, I expect it might be a slower process now though in terms of incomings and then we can also look towards the loan market as we go on."