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Craig Hignett has recently gone on record stating that Pools only need to add three or four players and not seven or eight, to the current squad to become a force in the National League.

I would suggest that three or four would be a tad light unless of course he is also hoping to sign the players that we currently have on loan as well which would make that number look like seven or eight new signings.

The defence alone needs four new players, preferably with some height, as we have no full backs or a centre half and dare I say a keeper who can command his box and catch a ball.
"We need a quick, tough-tackling, holding midfielder who will move the ball forwards ...as well as backwards and sideways, at pace."

We need a quick, tough-tackling, holding midfielder who will move the ball forwards ...as well as backwards and sideways, at pace. Assuming that Pools sign Kabamba we also need cover for him as he is the only forward we have with height and presence who more often than not wins the ball in the air with his back to the defender, which is something that we have lacked for the last two seasons.

It is a bit early to be predicting who will be leaving the club but, excluding the loanees, but here is my list of who I would like to be with the club next season.

Noble
Hawkes
Kioso
Muir
James
Cunningham
Richardson
Murphy
Catterick
My Jury's out on Kitching.

As you can see from this list, allowing for Pools hanging onto the loan players that we have on board, it still leaves the squad well light and massively lacking in experience.

Reading between the lines I am guessing that Hignett is planning to hang on to a goodly number of the current squad which would be the case if he is only looking to bring in three or four new signings. On the other hand he might be alluding to 3 or 4 players signed on a permanent basis alongside a number of loanees coming into the club as well.

I hope that when the time comes that he is drawing up his retained list it will not be based on the players who have noticeably only recently started to up their games and play for a new contract but to look at those players who even though they might not have played well at times have still given their all for the cause.

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