AARON Tshibola says the chance to work under Ronnie Moore as manager was one of the key reasons why he made the temporary switch to Hartlepool United.
The 20-year-old Reading midfielder was Moore’s first signing since taking charge with Tshibola joining the Sky Bet League Two club on a one-month loan deal.
He only joined up with his team mates last Friday, the day before they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.
Tshibola insisted he didn’t think twice about joining Pools, despite the club being 10 points from safety at the bottom of the Football League and the chance to play under 61-year-old Moore was key to him joining.
Moore has previously managed at Tranmere Rovers and Rotherham United and with more than 900 games under his belt in the dugout, Tshibola knows he can learn a lot from him.
The Londoner is also friends with Mansfield Town striker Rakish Bingham and he admitted it was a pleasant surprise to see him sign for Pools on loan for the rest of the campaign.
“I knew about Ronnie Moore and had heard a lot about him,” said Tshibola.
“The staff at Reading said he was a great man and a great manager and that influenced my move to Hartlepool, for sure.
“I know Rakish as well who joined on the same day.
“I didn’t know he had signed until I was in the hotel having also signed – I was really excited about that!
“We grew up in the same area of East London and did a bit of work together in pre-season.
“We have known each other for a few years.”
Tshibola impressed on his debut for Pools with the central midfielder given licence to bomb forward and join in the attacking play at Adams Park.
He snatched at two attempts, completely missing the ball with one effort, but he showed enough over the 90 minutes to suggest he will be a good signing for the club.
Tshibola admits he enjoyed his role in the team and has promised to give everything to the cause for as long as he is at the Clarence Road club.
“I see that as my best position, I can either sit or bomb forward and float around,” said Tshibola.
“I like to get on the ball and make things happen – that is what I like to do.
“I am hoping to bring that character and drive and spirit needed to be able to carry the team,
“I am a young man myself and all I can do is give that 100 per cent.”