The Pools boss gives us the inside track on how Deadline Day has panned out at Victoria Park.
Good evening and welcome to my Deadline Day Blog here on the Official Website.
We’ve had a long day here at Victoria Park but hopefully the business we have done will be a big benefit to the Club in the weeks ahead. We’ve managed to get a few things sorted out and we’re fairly pleased with how the window has worked for us. That’s not to say that we won’t do anything in the loan market when that becomes available to us again next week.
I have to say I’ve never been this late on a Deadline Day in the past – I think at Tranmere we were usually all done by 5pm because the staff wanted to go home! It’s hard work for the staff here who have to hang about until the paperwork is done but hopefully it will prove rewarding for us and the team.
Some of the deals we’ve tried to do today have gone smoothly and some not so smoothly. At the last minute today we were let down on one potential signing and you then have to look at your other targets. We’ve tried for other positions other than those we’ve managed to strengthen today but overall we’re pretty pleased with what we’ve got done – but it’s been a long day, that’s for sure!
We managed to get the Scott Harrison deal across the line at about 4pm this afternoon which was fantastic news for the Club. It’s been a bit of a struggle because one minute it was on and one minute it was off but I’m glad he’s seen sense now and it just shows how committed the boy is.
He’s the type of player we want at the Football Club; there is still room for development of course but I am pleased he’s agreed. He wasn’t particularly worried about the situation and if the worst happens then he’s happy to say and fight to put things right – that’s really pleasing for me.
I think Scott has grown in to the squad and I certainly think he has a bit of captain’s material in him one day and I would love him to wear the armband here one day.
He’s not the finished article – he’s still a baby and he’s still learning how to play the role properly. He’s got one or two faults but if you’re the full article by that age then you’re a very lucky person so I am looking forward to working with him on the training pitch.
It was also fantastic that we then managed to get Marvin Morgan in on loan from Plymouth Argyle until the end of the season. He was another player who had options both in the Scottish Premier League and with teams higher up our division that wanted him. He’s shown a commitment to us though and we’re really pleased with that.
He’s one of those types of player who will benefit the players we have here; Scott Fenwick can certainly learn from him and talk to him. I would also like to think he can help us get Maz (Marlon Harewood) going because, I mean, if you look at those two they are a handful on their own. It’s great that we have a little bit of competition for place up front now.
I think we needed to get the business done for Marvin because obviously we were disappointed to see Rakish Bingham recalled from his loan by Mansfield Town. I can see why they have done it – I think it’s pretty obvious to everyone – but we thank them for letting Rakish come here for the month. He’s been a big part of the turnaround we’re trying to put in place at the Club.
Another piece of work we got done was seeing Nicky Featherstone sign an extended deal until the end of the season. He’s been a bit unfortunate since I have come in here because I was looking for a holding midfielder and Batesy has sat in there at the moment.
Nicky is a competitive player though and he knows the game well so I know that he will work hard and put pressure on everybody around him. It will certainly keep Woodsy, Tish (Aaron Tshibola) and Batesty on their toes moving forward.
Obviously late in the evening we managed to finalise the loan deal for David Mirfin from Scunthorpe United which we’re really pleased with. He’ll bring the experience we need because we have two young centre-backs at the moment and we’ve been desperate for that extra bit of experience and he certainly has that.
David knows the division inside out having played a massive part in Scunthorpe’s promotion from League Two last season so I know he will certainly help Scott Harrison and young Dan Jones too. It also gives us the opportunity to go three at the back if we need to so we won’t be labelled as 4-4-2 – we’ll have the flexibility to go 4-3-3 or 3-5-2 as well which is something different for us.
Anyway, that’s all for me tonight – we’ve got an early start for training tomorrow as we continue preparations for the weekend.
Thanks for your brilliant support as ever and keep right behind the players – we can do this.