Hartlepool boss backs loan star Tshibola to be Championship hit at Reading

Aaron Tshibola celebrates Pools' end-of-season draw at Carlisle
Aaron Tshibola celebrates Pools' end-of-season draw at Carlisle
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RONNIE Moore would “love” to bring Reading loanee Aaron Tshibola back to Hartlepool United next season.

But the Pools manager believes the talented 20-year-old midfielder has a big future and wouldn’t be surprised to see him playing Championship football for the Royals come August.

Tshibola joined on loan at the start of January and went on to play in every game as Pools secured their Football League status for another season.

The loan market proved key to the survival bid, with Rakish Bingham, Ryan Bird, David Mirfin, Tshibola and Jordan Hugill all impressing during their temporary stints at Victoria Park.

Moore, who is looking to bring up to nine new players into the club this summer, admits the loan system will again be important ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.

Pools also signed striker Marvin Morgan on loan from Plymouth, but his spell was a disappointing one.

Moore did not refer to Morgan by name, but it is clear he won’t be looking to bring him back to Pools once his contract at Argyle expires this summer.

He would be keen on a return for Tshibola though, if the opportunity arose.

Moore said: “There is one loanee I wouldn’t want back, but the rest have probably reached a stage now, where they may look to play higher.

“Look at Tish, Reading now know that he can play at this level and he has seen a big improvement.

“I’d love to keep him – he has been immense for me when you consider the football he has been playing.

“I think Reading will be looking at League One and bottom half of the Championship for next season and I would imagine he would have no problems getting a club there.”

Tshibola became a firm fans favourite, with the Pools supporters creating a song in his honour to the tune of Spandau Ballet’s Gold.

His form tailed off towards the end of the season, as he battled a groin injury, but Moore kept faith and he played a key role in the last two games of the season.

Providing assists to Hugill for goals against Exeter and Carlisle as Pools finished third-bottom in Sky Bet League Two, four points above the bottom two when all looked lost at the start of March.

Tshibola won praise from Moore for his impact on the side.

Moore added: “You do dwindle off as a youngster after playing a lot of games, but he has given this club everything.

“The loans have been good to us and we will have to use the loan system next year and hopefully we get the same reaction.”

Meanwhile, Cambridge United have released former Hartlepool United defender Michael Nelson and Pools loanee Bird.

The departure of Bird, who scored twice in six appearances for Pools before being recalled, may interest Moore as he looks to bolster his attacking options over the summer.