The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paddy von Behr

HARTLE­POOL United boss Ron­nie Moore is ex­pect­ing loan sign­ing Brad Hal­l­i­day to set­tle into his new sur­round­ings very quickly.

The young full-back is yet to make his first-team de­but for par­ent club Mid­dles­brough but has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence in League Two hav­ing made 24 ap­pear­ances on loan at York City last sea­son.

The 20-year-old, who has joined Hartle­pool for a month, im­pressed with his dis­plays and was named as the Min­ster­men’s Young Player of the Year.

“You like to get some ex­pe­ri­ence in but Brad played over 20 games for York at our level last sea­son, so that’s one of the main rea­sons we’ve brought him in,” said Moore.

“Ev­ery­one speaks very highly of him; he’s a proper right-back with a bit of pace and the nas­ti­ness you like in a de­fender, so I don’t feel like it’s a gam­ble like it can be with other young play­ers. This kid knows what to ex­pect in League Two.”

And with Michael Duck­worth and Jor­dan Richards both in­jured – and Carl Magnay cur­rently sus­pended – Hal­l­i­day can ex­pect to see plenty of ac­tion.

Moore added: “It’s for a month to start with be­cause of the in­juries at right-back, which have been a night­mare for us, but I am sure Brad will come in and do re­ally well for us.

“It might be hard be­cause he’s com­ing in at a bit of a tough time for us de­fen­sively but I hope he can set­tle in quickly with the lads and show one or two how to de­fend.

“It’s good that Mid­dles­brough have helped us out and we’d like to have strong re­la­tion­ships with all the clubs around us.

“Brad will come in and play in our first team, gain ex­pe­ri­ence and I’m sure that will make him a bet­ter player than when he ar­rived.”

IM­PRESSED: Brad Hal­l­i­day

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