Gut instinct told me to sign for Hartlepool United, says striker Morgan

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GUT instinct.

That was the reason why Marvin Morgan swapped mid-table for a relegation battle.

Hartlepool United’s latest recruit finally signed on the dotted line on Deadline Day following a month-long pursuit by Pools boss Ronnie Moore.

The 31-year-old striker had been on his wanted list from the moment Moore was named Pools boss.

And Morgan – who turned down several clubs from the Conference, League Two and Scottish Premiership – admitted he followed his instinct in joining Pools’ relegation scrap.

That and some words of persuasion from ex-Pools defender Peter Hartley, a teammate in Devon.

It also helped that Moore had driven the length and breadth of the country to see Morgan play in a reserve match on his comeback from injury, a game Morgan wasn’t even guaranteed to play in.

“I had a few offers from elsewhere,” Morgan said.

“Ronnie persuaded me after he had come all the way down to see me in a reserve match.

“There was a chance I wasn’t even going to be playing in that game either because I knew I may be moving out on loan.

“It was a weird scenario but luckily I did play – Ronnie wouldn’t have been too happy if I hadn’t!

“My missus’ family is from Whitley Bay and that was another plus point.

“To be honest, I’d looked at the league table when the interest first game and the gap was massive and put me off a bit, as a striker especially, with games turning scrappy.

“But since then the side has done really well and I just went with my instincts in the end.

“On Saturday night it was between Hartlepool and Scotland – I’d already said no to every League Two club.

“Teams in Scotland wanted to do it last minute and I have played non-league and League Two so the Scottish Premiership did appeal.

“But it made sense to stay in League Two until the end of the season.

“Sometimes you had to go with your gut and my gut told me Hartlepool.

“I also had Peter Hartley in my ear – he kept telling me he was a Hartlepool legend every five seconds – and he sold the club.

“He said it was a lovely club, lovely people and the plus point is I would be playing football.

“That was key too. I went to Plymouth to play football but had injury after injury and it got frustrating after a while.

“Everything is made for me here,” added Morgan who didn’t watch the match between Pools and Plymouth at Victoria Park.

Morgan has been training with his new teammates at Maiden Castle, in Durham, since Tuesday and will get to know them further on today’s six-hour coach trip to Portsmouth.

Pools take on 18th-placed Pompey at Fratton Park tomorrow and Morgan is keen to help his new team pick up a result ahead of the visit of Northampton on Tuesday.

The experienced frontman is expected to play some part but admits himself he is not fully match fit having not played a full 90 minutes competitively since October.

“Saturday is a massive game and a perfect opportunity to get a result there ahead of the home game on Tuesday.

“It is match fitness with me, I haven’t played a competitive 90 minutes since the FA Cup match.

“But I want to get off the ground running and get some goals.

“I hope I’m involved at Portsmouth but I’m not coming in saying I am Ronaldo and I will definitely be playing!”