HARTLEPOOL United keeper Scott Flinders is still being courted by several suitors – but he remains desperate to see Pools invest in a centre-forward this summer, writes CRAIG HOPE.
The consistent 26-year-old is expected to move on during the close season, having had a clean sweep of the club’s end-of-season awards and long since been regarded as one of the lower leagues’ finest netminders.
But the Yorkshireman, for the moment at least, is thinking only about Pools, who were the only league side to score fewer than 40 goal last term.
That, says Flinders, makes this summer’s prime transfer target a no-brainer.
“It’s been highlighted a lot in the past few months that this club badly needs a goalscorer,” said the former Crystal Palace keeper.
“It’s been the biggest problem ever since I came to the club.
“The last player to score goals was Roy O’Donovan.
“We need someone in that calibre to get us those goals.
“Luke James has been magnificent since he came in and that’s exciting.
“But we still need someone else up there with him.
“That has to be the priority this summer.”
And Flinders concedes that the failure to score goals amplifies pressure on other areas of the team, now under new boss Colin Cooper.
“It’s sometimes the case that when we have conceded one then you’re thinking the best you might nick is a 1-1 draw,” he added.
“Once we were conceding twos and threes then games were gone.
“As a defence you sometimes need something to hold on to or something to protect. A goalscorer could make all of the difference to this team.”