RONNIE Moore has backed new Hartlepool United striker Jordan Hugill to hit the goal trail, with the Preston loanee going straight into the starting line-up.
The 22-year-old was the only arrival before the emergency loan deadline closed last night, with Moore delighted to capture the highly-rated striker for Pools’ bid to secure League Two survival.
Jordan gives you a great work ethic, which is what we have had from Ryan BirdRonnie Moore
He has been brought in to replace Ryan Bird, who was recalled by parent club Cambridge United ahead of the clash between the two sides at Victoria Park tomorrow (KO 3pm).
Middlesbrough-born Hugill will remain with Pools until the end of the season, after previously spending time at Tranmere before returning to his parent club this week.
He trained with his new team-mates at Maiden Castle yesterday and will start against Richard Money’s Cambridge side.
“I’m made up to get Jordan in, he is a good player,” said Moore.
“It hasn’t worked out for him at Tranmere.
“There were one or two others in for him and, with him being from Middlesbrough, that will have helped us.
“We are in a bit of form now and maybe he wouldn’t have come here a month ago, but, at this present moment in time, everybody can see we have a chance.
“He will come in and get goals for us and he will go straight into the side.
“Preston are looking for him to get games, which he didn’t get an awful lot of at Tranmere.
“He will definitely get a run here.”
Hugill has previously played for Northern League clubs Seaham Red Star, Consett, Whitby Town and Marske United before signing professionally with Port Vale in 2013. He spent a season with the Vale Park outfit before being snapped up by Preston in June 2014.
As well as goals, Moore says Hugill will bring a strong work ethic.
Moore added: “Jordan gives you a great work ethic, which is what we have had from Ryan Bird.
“Him and Jonathan Franks up top changed the whole look for the team because whoever we were playing against didn’t get a minute’s peace.
“The lads at the back and in midfield saw that and the tempo upped as a result.
“That is what we want.”
While Moore welcomed the arrival of Hugill, he was left sweating on the future of on-loan Scunthorpe defender David Mirfin.
Under pressure Iron boss Mark Robins has previously suggested he wouldn’t bring Mirfin back from his loan spell but the defender, a key player in the 3-5-2 formation, does have a 24-hour recall.
Moore said: “I’d hate for us to get past the deadline and then they call him back next week.
“I have known Mark Robins a long time and he played for me when I was at Rotherham, I like to think he wouldn’t stitch me up on something like that!
“But it would be a worry if Mirf was to go because of the system we play.
“We have changed the way we play, we had been 4-4-2 but changed to 3-5-2,” added Moore.