A Chance To Shine – Parkinson

Joe Parkinson, Hartlepool United

Joe Parkinson has challenged the players who are handed an FA Trophy opportunity at Harrogate Town this weekend to take it with both hands.

The Assistant Manager has been impressed with the quality within the Pools squad since he arrived at the Club alongside new boss Dave Challinor last month.

However, they have moved to strengthen further with the arrival of Tyler Hamilton on loan from Hull City and Mark Shelton who came in from Salford City.

Parkinson feels that the extra competition for places is something which can really help push Pools on as they look to keep on progress not only in the league and FA Cup, but also in the FA Trophy.

“This is a massive priority because it’s our next game,” Parkinson told Pools TV.

“It’s an opportunity for players because I think everyone knows there will be some changes, especially with the game being played on a plastic pitch, we have to take that in to consideration too.

“It’s a big period of games coming up as well, so we want any players who come in to take the opportunity and show the Manager that they want to stay in the team.

“We want to progress and we’ve brought players in to freshen things up because we want competition for all the places and that can only be a benefit to us.”

The clash with Harrogate this weekend will be the first of three meetings with the North Yorkshire outfit in just over a fortnight, with the teams set to meet home and away over Christmas.

Simon Weaver’s men have backed up their superb first season at National League level with another strong campaign so far and Parkinson knows they will be a handful this weekend.

“They’re a good side, no doubting that.

“But so are we when we perform and maintain our standards so we’re really looking forward and hopefully we can get another victory.”