Ronnie Moore sets sights on midfield capture to bolster Hartlepool United options

Pools'  latest loan signing, Brad Halliday
Pools' latest loan signing, Brad Halliday

Ronnie Moore has already done one good piece of business this week at Hartlepool United.

But signing young defender Brad Halliday, from Middlesbrough, will not stop him looking through the loan window again.

Pools boss Moore explained how he had “searched high and low for players”, with right-back his priority after injuries to Michael Duckworth (hamstring) and Jordan Richards (back) plus the suspension for Carl Magnay after his sending off at Wycombe Wanderers.

The loss of Magnay from the midfield role he has operated so successfully has left a void in the middle of the park.

And Moore admits he is still seeking a player in that “area” to provide cover and competition for the likes of Michael Woods and Nicky Featherstone.

“I’d still like a midfielder,” said the manager. “I think we need energy and legs and the options to play 4-3-3, 3-5-2.

“It’s an area I’m looking at.

“The midfielder? Hopefully next week I’ll have something sorted.”

Halliday will make his debut at St James Park today, when Pools take on in-form Exeter. Duckworth could come into contention again as early as the visit of Cambridge United to Victoria Park next Saturday, though the arrival of Halliday on a month’s loan ensures the attack-minded full-back does not need to be rushed.

“Ducky won’t be ready for today’s match, but may be next weekend,” said Moore.

“He was coming into form so that was a shame.”

Magnay’s absence, too, is a blow Pools could have done without, but Moore explained that there was no mileage in an appeal.

“We looked at the sending off,” he said.

“To me it was a yellow card, but in these situations the onus is on us to prove it wasn’t a red.

“But, at the end of the day, we couldn’t do it.

“We’ve lost Mags which is disappointing because I thought that was his best game for us.”