MOORE’S PLEASED TO GET A HALLIDAY AT POOLS
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