James Poole has joined Hyde United on a one-month loan to speed up his return to full match fitness after his recent hamstring injury.
Altrincham’s attacking midfielder was cleared to resume full training last Thursday, more than two months after hobbling off against Ashton United, and made a late appearance as a 77th-minute substitute in the impressive 2-1 win at Boston United two days later.
It was felt, however, he needed more game time to build up his strength, and therefore his resistance to any recurrence, and the chance of a temporary move to Hyde was seen as the ideal solution all round.
It will be familiar territory for Alty’s talented forward, as he returns to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League – scene of a memorable title triumph for Phil Parkinson’s squad last season – and bolsters a Hyde side who are more than holding their own in 10th place after being promoted from Division One North.
The prospect of starting games for Hyde may well be viewed as the preferable option by Poole and Alty boss Parkinson after what happened to the influential playmaker on his previous return from injury earlier this season.
He made no fewer than six successive substitute appearances, mostly for only the final few minutes, before making an eagerly-awaited first start against Ashton at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday, October 27.
A defence-splitting pass set up the opening goal for John Johnston in a 3-0 win, but his contribution was cruelly cut short when he pulled up with a hamstring twinge and had to give way to Simon Richman in only the 24th minute.
This time, there is the potential for stepping up his game time with far more minutes in the middle for Hyde and returning to The J.Davidson Stadium in a month’s time, firing on all cylinders and ready to lend his creative skills to what will hopefully be a sustained push for a promotion place.