SCUNTHORPE United boss Mark Robins says he won’t be bringing David Mirfin back early from his loan spell at Hartlepool United.
The 29-year-old is now likely to remain at Sky Bet League Two side Pools until the end of the season.
Speaking after Scunthorpe United’s 3-1 loss at Rochdale on Saturday, where he labelled moments of his side’s defending as ‘atrocious’, Robins said he was considering bringing the in-form defender back.
But he has now confirmed that Mirfin will remain in the North East, welcome news to worried Pools fans and boss Ronnie Moore.
“He’s our player and he’s out at Hartlepool, but at this moment in time we won’t be exercising any recall clause,” Robins told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.
“We’ve got to try to go with the players that we’ve got and make sure they give the best they can.
“Mirf hasn’t played for me, he’s been injured for three months – this move was as much to do with his rehabilitation from his operation as anything else.
“He’s done pretty well at Hartlepool, but at the moment can only train alternate days and he’s playing in games now.
“From our perspective he’s doing okay in the league below, but we’re monitoring it on a game by game basis.”
Mirfin has not played for Scunthorpe’s first team this campaign after suffering a cartilage injury early on during pre-season.