Manager Dave Challinor discusses transfer plans and potential incomings at Hartlepool United

After passing the halfway point in the season, Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor is preparing to get active in the transfer market.

Thursday, 28th November 2019, 5:05 pm
Hartlepool United Dave Challinor during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Boreham Wood at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 23rd November 2019. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)
Hartlepool United Dave Challinor during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Boreham Wood at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 23rd November 2019. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

Pools have already sent Myles Anderson out on loan this week with another expected to follow by the weekend.

Challinor is unbeaten in his opening four matches in charge going into Sunday’s big FA Cup second round match at Exeter City on Sunday (2pm kick-off).

And he’s currently eyeing up potential targets as he looks at the type of players he will need to help improve the side who currently sit 10th in the National League.

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“It’s a tough one, we’re still assessing where we’re at,” Challinor said regarding potential new arrivals at Pools.

“Even though we’ve had positive results I think we can add players to give us that something different. Hopefully we can do that over the next week or so.

“If you look at where we’re at, we’re in a position where aside from the Boreham Wood game, we’ve not had to chase a game.

“I’m being very analytical, we’ve got too many players that are similar and we just need that little bit of ‘X factor’ ‘star quality’ type player that gives us something a little different and be a game changer for us.

“That’s who we’ll be looking to bring in but I’m not saying we need to bring in three or four players who are going to go straight into the starting 11 because we’re in a good place and we don’t need changes like that.

“We just need to give ourselves different options but the important part in that is getting the right players and not just getting players for the sake of it.”

Luke Molyneux is expected to back in first team contention over the next fortnight in what is effectively a new signing given the winger is yet to feature in a competitive game since signing permanently in the summer.

But the Pools boss is hoping to bring someone in sooner rather than later.

He added: “If we can have a body or two in by the next league game then I think it will give us more options and make the squad more rounded.”