Murray to add to Hartlepool United squad before loan window closes

TARGETS: Hartlepool United Manager Paul Murray. Picture by FRANK REID
TARGETS: Hartlepool United Manager Paul Murray. Picture by FRANK REID

PAUL Murray is looking to add to his Hartlepool United squad before the emergency loan window closes tonight.

The 38-year-old has already added seven signings since coming in to replace Colin Cooper as manager at Pools and he wants more through the door today.

Despite his busy time in the transfer market, Murray admits it has been difficult attracting people to join a side bottom of the Football League.

Murray said: “It has been difficult to get people in but I’m not using that as an excuse.

“We already have a squad here, I’m just trying to add to it and get better quality in.

“I’m hoping to be busy today - but I’ve had no ring backs yet and I’ve been on the phone since 7am this morning!

“I have had various players who have looked at it and thought ‘do I want to go to the bottom of the football league?’

“But I don’t really want them, I want those that I’m ringing who want to come here.

“They are the ones I am pursuing.”

This week Murray added defender Matteo Lanzoni on loan from Cambridge United until the end of December, to add to strikers Adam Campbell from Newcastle United and Joe Ironside from League One Sheffield United, who are both on loan for a month.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Jon Maxted, midfielders Nicky Featherstone and Sidney Schmeltz and striker Scott Fenwick have all signed on permanent deals.

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