Pools boss Ronnie Moore gives us another summer update, including his thoughts on the arrivals of Carl Magnay and Tony Caig.
First of all we tied up the signing of Carl Magnay from Grimsby Town which was a bit of business I was delighted to get finalised. It’s a signing I am really pleased to do because we’ve really had to work at it.
Carl is a good player, there is no doubt about that. He can play anywhere across the back four which is a real bonus and he can also even slot in to midfield if required as well. He’s 6ft 2ins so he’s a good size, he can defend when he needs to but he has great ability on the ball.
There were a lot of clubs chasing his signature but I think the fact that he is a north-east lad swung it in our favour and it’s nice when you can take advantage of things like that in the transfer market.
He’s young, and he’s desperate to come and prove himself by playing in the Football League. He won all the trophies at Grimsby last season and was in the Non-League Team of the Year and is there much difference between League Two and the Conference? I don’t think it’s that big a gap so I’m confident he can come here and do very well for us.
It’s great to have another local lad on the books at The Vic too; we’ve got quite a few who are from the region and I always think that helps because they have a feeling for the area, the Club and the fans. That’s the type of player we want – ones who want to come and play their football here.
We’re happy with the players we have signed so far but there are a few other areas we obviously still need to strengthen.
The work is going on still and while it would be nice to have everything done before I go on holiday the reality is that we may have to be patient on one or two. It won’t stop Sam and I trying and, even when I am away, the mobile won’t be far away and I’ll make sure that the work continues – that’s just the life of a football manager!
As well as getting things in place with the squad, I’m really pleased we’ve been able to add Tony Caig to the backroom staff this week too. Tony has had a lot of time at Carlisle and he’s played an awful lot of games during his career so he knows football inside out.
We’ve obviously needed a Goalkeeping Coach since Pearsy left and it’s quite difficult for Sam and I to go and take the keepers – it’s such a specialised position. Now we have someone in the Club who is trustworthy, has good experience and is highly-skilled so you can’t ask for anything more.
I would like to welcome Tony to the Club and assure him he’s joining a very friendly, dedicated and hard-working group of staff. I’ve said before that the staff we have here are brilliant; now we have to make sure that we bring in the players who can match the staff. If we can do that then we won’t be far away!
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