Pools' preparations for the 2016/17 season will move up a gear on Tuesday evening when the squad are split for simultaneous friendlies at Guisborough Town and Seaham Red Star.
Craig Hignett has been pleased with the way things have progressed during pre-season so far and is aware that the players are now reaching the business end of their warm-up campaign.
After an intensive week of warm-weather training in Tenerife, the Pools squad have played friendlies against Sunderland and Livingston, while Scunthorpe United visit Victoria Park on Saturday.
The Pools boss is now keen to get more minutes in to the legs of his players with only a week and a half to go before the team kick-off the new term with a home game against Colchester United.
And that’s why Hignett is delighted to be able to split his squad for the trips to Guisborough and Seaham, allowing as many players as possible to get a full game under their belts.
“This is an opportunity to give the majority of players ninety minutes – that’s the reason we’ve done it,” he explained.
“We have enough players to be able to spread them out over two fixtures and I want to try and get ninety minutes in to as many of the lads as possible because they’re ready for it.
“Bit by bit, we’re stepping things up and working towards the season; a lot of them have played an hour already so this is the logical progression now.
“You’ll start to see more things being worked on in terms of shape too because we’ve only got one friendly left after these games and you want to try and get a settled team.”
The game at Guisborough kicks-off at 7.45pm – admission prices are £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.
Meanwhile, the friendly at Seaham will kick-off slightly earlier at 7.30pm where admission prices are £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.