The Hartlepool Mail say that Matthew Bates has hinted that he is yet to find a suitable player to add to his Hartlepool United ranks.

But the manager has reiterated the need to sign the right type of player, not just add for the sake of it. Bates, along with owner Raj Singh, went on record a fortnight ago to claim Pools have time on their side when looking to sign a forward, and would not be rushed into a rash decision.

Three National League defeats on the bounce has not altered that thinking, according to Bates.

“We are looking. It (making a signing) is something we are working on,” said the manager, whose side travel to League One Gillingham on Saturday in the first round of the FA Cup.

“We can only sign players that are put to us. And to be honest, they still have to be the right type.

“It is about picking the right player but we do not panic.

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