Sheffield United loanee to be handed another chance to impress after "fragmented" spell to date

Sheffield United's David Parkhouse is set to be handed another chance to impress with loan club Hartlepool United despite boss Dave Challinor admitting his spell at Victoria Park has been "fragmented" so far.
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The highly-rated Blades youngster has scored twice in his three starts for the Pools this season, but hasn't featured since late last month thanks to a combination of international duty with Northern Ireland's U21s and personal issues away from the field.

Parkhouse's loan spell up north is due to expire in January, but the 21-year-old is set to be handed another chance to impress before then.

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“Parky is fine, I had a good chat with him last week because he’s had some things going on at home and we were a little bit concerned,” Challinor told The Hartlepool Mail.

“He’s a strong lad, he’s used to being away from home so he’s okay, we just need to get him back to where he was in the first couple of weeks with us.

"In hindsight, when you loan players in who have international commitments, it can be bitty and fragmented, it’s the first time I’ve done it and it hasn’t allowed him to get a constant run of games or us to get him settled and he’s suffered from that with his confidence a little bit.”

Parkhouse is set to get his chance to impress in an FA Trophy match against Halifax this weekend.

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"Parky continues to work hard and we’re looking at that game as a chance for those lads who haven’t been involved as much to get some game time," Challinor added.

David Parkhouse in action for Hartlepool United in their pre-season friendly against Gateshead. Picture by FRANK REIDDavid Parkhouse in action for Hartlepool United in their pre-season friendly against Gateshead. Picture by FRANK REID
David Parkhouse in action for Hartlepool United in their pre-season friendly against Gateshead. Picture by FRANK REID

"They’ll get an opportunity there.”