Moore boosted by Hartlepool United arrivals of Mirfin and Morgan

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RONNIE Moore said Marvin Morgan and David Mirfin’s decision to sign for a team seven points adrift of safety shows the character of his new recruits.

Scunthorpe United centre back Mirfin has more than 400 career games under his belt including a promotion with the Iron last season.

But the 29-year-old has not played any first-team football this season after suffering a cartilage problem in training last summer and he was keen to hook up with Moore at Victoria Park for the next month.

Plymouth Argyle striker Morgan, meanwhile, has signed until the end of the season and the pair are expected to play a part against Portsmouth tomorrow.

Moore said the fact the pair decided to join Pools and turn down offers from elsewhere shows the character they have.

The type he wants to instil inside his young and inexperienced dressing room.

Moore said: “It shows their character, without doubt.

“Plymouth play with one up top and Reuben Reid is the one that plays most weeks so it has been hard for Marv and he just needs games.

“Morgan has been around, knows the league and I’ve wanted an experienced striker.

“He’s a handful and you have to keep at him and working him.

“But he’s a leader, a big striker and can him and Marlon Harewood play together?

“The size of them is frightening and with Scott Fenwick one side, Jon Franks on the other there’s an attack for you to frighten.

“If you look at Mirf, the games he has played and where he has been at, it is fantastic for us he has decided to come here as there were one or two other clubs he could have gone to.

“He can only benefit our younger players because he has played at this level and has been promoted from this level.

“Mirf is very experienced, he played 49 games last year and knows the division.

“He is 29 but looks about 50!

“A great lad though, a good talker and the two lads [Scott Harrison and Dan Jones] need someone like that alongside,” added Moore.

Moore experienced a busy Deadline Day with staff at Victoria Park working late into the night completing the necessary paperwork that comes with new signings.

The Pools boss thanked the staff for their efforts and described it as a “good day”.

He added: “To get Marvin Morgan and David Mirfin in meant Monday was a good day – two really good signings but it was a late night.

“We had one or two lined up, then they got called off and we looked elsewhere.

“Everyone worked really hard to get there.

“Am I a fan of deadline day?

“Probably not, but it’s helped us.”