Hartlepool boss Moore pushes to extend Bird deal – with an eye on still more loan signings

Ryan Bird (left)  in action for Hartlepool United against Burton Albion

Ryan Bird (left) in action for Hartlepool United against Burton Albion

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RONNIE Moore is confident of tying down on-loan star Ryan Bird for the rest of the season – and he hasn’t ruled out making further loan signings.

Bird has impressed since joining basement side Pools from fellow Sky Bet League Two side Cambridge United – scoring twice as Moore’s side battle against the drop.

He has done well recently, we have got the cobwebs off him because he hadn’t played too many games before joining us

Ronnie Moore

His month-long loan deal expires after tomorrow’s match at home to Mansfield Town (3pm kick-off), but Moore is hoping the 27-year-old will be extending his stay in the North East.

“We are trying to get things sorted with Ryan,” Moore revealed.

“He has done well recently, we have got the cobwebs off him because he hadn’t played too many games before joining us.

“But the last two games, he has impressed up front alongside Jonathan Franks, the pair have really set the tone, chased everything and Ryan got his rewards against Oxford.

“I’m not too sure if I’d have let him take the penalty if I was out there but at least he was confident enough to take it.

“We are just waiting now for Cambridge to come back.”

If Richard Money does allow the Slough-born frontman to stay at Pools then he wouldn’t be allowed to play against his parent club when they visit Victoria Park the following Saturday.

Moore said that would pose him a selection headache, with Marlon Harewood and on-loan Plymouth Argyle striker Marvin Morgan struggling for form and Scott Fenwick still wearing his moonboot on an ankle injury.

“Ryan will play tomorrow [against Oxford] but would then have to have a week off [if his loan was extended],” said Moore.

“That would give us a problem as to who we play up there.”

Moore has been busy in the transfer market since taking over the job as Pools boss, and with next Thursday the deadline for emergency loan signings, he isn’t ruling out further signings.

“We are certainly looking about to see what there is,” Moore said.

“We are not that strong down the left hand side if we stay with the 3-5-2 and if one of the midfielders gets injured we aren’t very strong in there, although Tommy [Miller] is just about ready.

“If I could get five in I would!

“Never say never, the chairman has been fantastic and has backed me 100 per cent.

“If there was a gem I could bring in, then I would do it.”

Middlesbrough winger Jordan Jones’ month-long loan came to an end after the win at Morecambe but has been extended too.

But there won’t be a contract for American trialist Justin Laird.

The 21-year-old former Kentucky Wildcats striker spent last week on trial at Pools, scoring in a reserve game, but Moore said he is “off the pace”.

Moore added: “We are hoping to get things sorted very quickly with Jordan and hopefully he will be in the squad for tomorrow.

“Justin has gone though and he is in Scotland at the moment.

“He was just off the pace for me, but I will keep looking.

“If agents are willing to bring players in then you have to have a look at them – it doesn’t cost us anything.

“If the agent thinks they are that good then they will pay and then we will reimburse them if we do sign them.”