Hartlepool United boss to move quickly, but there’s no return for Bird

Ronnie Moore.
Ronnie Moore.
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RONNIE Moore ideally wants the majority of his new signings in place before pre-season training gets underway next month, writes Richard Mennear.

But ex-Cambridge United loanee Ryan Bird won’t be heading back to the North East, despite interest from the Pools boss.

Pools have released six players – including experienced quartet Marlon Harewood, Jack Compton, Tommy Miller and Stuart Parnaby – as Moore looks to reshape his squad.

Moore is keen on a return for Mansfield Town striker Rakish Bingham, but one player who won’t be returning is Bird, who netted twice in six games during a month-long loan spell in March.

Hardworking Bird played in three of the four straight wins that got Pools out of the relegation zone before his parent club recalled him.

Bird was released by the U’s last week and is now available on a free, but Moore has revealed he is unlikely to be returning.

Moore said: “The problem with Birdy is finances.

“You would not believe some of the money some of the players are on.

“We have tried, tried really hard, but I think he will go somewhere else because we can’t match what other clubs are offering.

“That is the most frustrating thing, but every club has its limit and budget.

“If you are down south you can add another couple of hundred quid on it, but they are daft as a brush down there because it is more expensive to live, everything is cheaper up here!

“It’s true what they say about footballers, they are not always the brightest.”

Moore admits it can be an uphill struggle trying to get all the pieces of the transfer jigsaw in place before the hard graft of pre-season training starts.

“Ideally, I don’t like it to go any further than pre-season in terms of getting players in,” Moore added.

“But you can guarantee we won’t have every player in and we’ll still be looking.

“There will be hundreds of players out there, but how many are good ones?

“I think it will drag on into next month because players don’t want to make a decision yet, they’d rather wait and go on a holiday.

“In the meantime, you have to make sure you are looking and searching everywhere else.

“You are in the lap of the Gods, really,” added Moore, who has also ruled out a return for transfer listed Peterborough United defender Christian Burgess.

The Pools squad have been given eight weeks off before returning to pre-season training at Maiden Castle, in Durham, on Monday, June 29.

The new Sky Bet League Two campaign kicks off on Saturday, August 8.

Moore had one-to-one meetings with the players at Victoria Park throughout Monday before finalising plans for the retained list.

Darren Holden and Jonny Maxted were also released, with talks ongoing between the club and Scott Flinders, Neil Austin, Jonathan Franks and Matthew Bates.

Meanwhile, Pools exercised the options on Michael Duckworth, Nicky Featherstone, Scott Fenwick, Lewis Hawkins, Dan Jones, Josh Nearney and Michael Woods.