Plymouth Argyle striker Marvin Morgan followed his “gut instinct” when signing for Hartlepool United

Marvin Morgan in action for Hartlepool United during the defeat at Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID
Marvin Morgan in action for Hartlepool United during the defeat at Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID

GUT instinct.

That was the reason why Marvin Morgan swapped mid-table for a relegation battle.

Hartlepool United’s latest recruit finally signed on the dotted line on Deadline Day following a month-long pursuit by Pools boss Ronnie Moore.

The 31-year-old striker had been on his wanted list from the moment Moore was named Pools boss.

And Morgan – who turned down several clubs from the Conference, League Two and Scottish Premiership – admitted he followed his instinct in joining Pools’ relegation scrap on loan until the end of the season.

That and some words of persuasion from ex-Pools defender Peter Hartley, a teammate in Devon.

It also helped that Moore had driven the length and breadth of the country to see Morgan play in a reserve match on his comeback from injury, a game Morgan wasn’t even guaranteed to play in.

“I had a few offers from elsewhere,” Morgan told SportMail.

“Ronnie persuaded me after he had come all the way down to see me in a reserve match.

“There was a chance I wasn’t even going to be playing in that game either because I knew I may be moving out on loan.

“It was a weird scenario but luckily I did play – Ronnie wouldn’t have been too happy if I hadn’t!

“My missus’ family is from Whitley Bay and that was another plus point.

“To be honest, I’d looked at the league table when the interest first came and the gap was massive and put me off a bit, as a striker especially, with games turning scrappy.

“But since then the side has done really well and I just went with my instincts in the end.

“On Saturday night it was between Hartlepool and Scotland – I’d already said no to every League Two club.

“Teams in Scotland wanted to do it last minute and I have played non-league and League Two, so the Scottish Premiership did appeal.

“But it made sense to stay in League Two until the end of the season.

“Sometimes you had to go with your gut and my gut told me Hartlepool.

“I also had Peter Hartley in my ear – he kept telling me he was a Hartlepool legend every five seconds – and he sold the club.

“He said it was a lovely club, lovely people and the plus point is I would be playing football.

“That was key too. I went to Plymouth to play football but had injury after injury and it got frustrating after a while.

“Everything is made for me here,” added Morgan.