Ronnie Moore admits there can be no room for error in signing a reserve goalkeeper given Trevor Carson’s international commitments.
Pools signed Carson from relegated Cheltenham and he will be the No 1 stopper at Victoria Park this season.
Moore is looking to bring in a solid back-up knowing that they will be thrown straight into the first team if Carson is called up for Northern Ireland duty.
The 27-year-old keeper has spent time away with NI in recent weeks with injuries and illness to Roy Carroll and Alan Mannus seeing the Downpatrick-born goalkeeper earn a place on the bench.
Moore is considering his options, with the club currently casting an eye over highly-rated Rotherham United stopper Peter Denton.
The 18-year-old stands at 6ft 3in and has just finished his time as a second year scholar at the League One side.
Goalkeeping coach Tony Caig knows Denton well and Moore, who lives in Rotherham, has been taking a close look for himself at the club’s Maiden Castle training base.
Moore said: “We are looking at Peter Denton, a young kid from Rotherham.
“Caigy knows him quite well but I don’t, which is a shame because I’m from Rotherham!
“He knows more about him than I do but I have spoken to Andy Dibble, the goalkeeping coach at Rotherham.
“Everybody speaks highly of him so we are having a close look at Peter.
“We have to be very careful though because if Carson is going to be called up for Northern Ireland duty then we have to make sure the Number 2 is capable of stepping in, whether it be for one, two or three games.”
Before moving to Rotherham last July, Denton spent three years with Birmingham City where he was regularly selected to train and tour with the Under-21s.
Pools currently only have one keeper after Jonny Maxted’s release and Scott Flinders’ decision to turn down reduced terms to sign for League Two rivals York City.