Craig Lynch

Lynch on Pools move

by Stuart Vose

Forward relishing League One spell.

Craig Lynch was quick to agree to a loan spell at Hartlepool United following a glowing report from team-mate Ryan Noble.

Lynch, 20, completed a month-long move to Victoria Park last weekend and made his debut as a substitute during Pools’ 2-1 home defeat to Carlisle.

He has followed in the footsteps of striker Noble, who scored twice in nine appearances for the Npower League One club last season.

“As soon as I heard about the interest from Hartlepool I had a word with Ryan and he told me how much he enjoyed his time here,” Lynch told Hartlepool’s official website. 

“He told me it would be a great move for me to make and gave me some info about the club from his time here and that made me more eager to come to Hartlepool.

“I’ve loved it so far, they’re a great set of lads here and I’ve fitted in really easily.

“I know a few of the players in the squad already with Peter Hartley and Nathan Luscombe formerly being at Sunderland and I know a few of the younger lads as well.

“That has definitely helped and made things easier but even the other lads in the squad have been brilliant so this is a great opportunity for me to enjoy my first loan experience.”

He added: “I’ve come here to learn from the older pros here, gain some experience and hopefully get plenty of game time under my belt – and obviously I want to try and impress the manager.

“I know it’s going to be a challenge for me – I’m more of a ball player than a physical one but I don’t mind getting stuck in to help the team so I’m really looking forward to that part of it.”

Lynch made his debut just after the hour mark against Carlisle but couldn’t prevent Neale Cooper’s side slipping to a home defeat.

Now he’s eager to get stuck in and help Pools back to winning ways – starting with this weekend’s trip to Bournemouth.

“It was great to be involved on Saturday after I’d only trained with the lads a couple of times – it was just a real shame and big disappointment we couldn’t get the result,” Lynch said.

“The fans gave me a good reception and seemed to warm to me, I just want to give them something back now because I know how much this means to them.

“Results can make or break a weekend and hopefully I can help make sure they have as many good weekends as possible.

“I’m comfortable playing anywhere across midfield or further forward if needed but hopefully I can be creative while I’m here, help us produce plenty of chances and also chip in with a couple of goals.

“If I can do that then hopefully something can happen to keep me here but for now I’m just concentrating on working hard in training and we’ll see what happens.”