Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor not ruling out further additions despite being satisfied with his squad following January business

Dave Challinor is always looking at ways to strengthen his Hartlepool United squad despite being satisfied with his current set-up.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 5:00 pm
Rob Harker of Hartlepool United celebrating his team's first goal during the Vanarama National League match between Barnet and Hartlepool United at The Hive, Edgware on Saturday 1st February 2020. (Credit: Jacques Feeney | MI News)

The Pools boss has reshaped the squad significantly since his arrival with the signings of Gary Liddle, Timi Odusina, Macauley Southam-Hales, Mark Shelton, Aidan Keena, Mitchell Beeney and Rob Harker providing plenty of new options going into the final 13 games of the season.

Challinor is satisfied with his current squad and how things are progressed at the club as he looks to shape things into his mould in preparation for next season.

“Are we looking at other things? Yes. Are we happy with what we’ve got? Yes,” he confirmed.

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“It’s a constant development of our recruitment with where we are now and where we need to be.

“We’re talking to players we currently have and looking at tying them down and recognising where our thoughts are for next season and where their thoughts are.”

In the short term, Challinor has played down any further loan signings but hasn’t ruled out dipping into the free agent market before the National League registration deadline on March 31.

“We’re ultimately trying to get as much done now as we can while also trying to improve things short term,” added the Hartlepool manager.

“Improving things short term can come in terms of personnel. We’re obviously limited with loans as we’ve got five already, we can still bring in more but we’re restricted to five in a matchday squad so realistically it’s not something we’ve got a huge desire to look at.

“Then you’re looking at players who are out of contract elsewhere or free agents after January, so like I say there are a few options there but I’m not in a massive rush to do something.

“That need to act could be heightened in terms of players and results. I don’t envisage lots happening short term but that doesn’t mean there’s not lots of work going on.”