COLIN Cooper has spoken of his disappointment after loan transfer target Christian Burgess put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Peterborough United.
But the Hartlepool United manager says he has other “irons in the fire” as he looks to add to his wafer-thin squad, which has now lost the opening three matches in League Two after defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge.
Central defender Burgess spent last season on loan at Pools and Cooper had high hopes he would be able to secure his services again this time round.
But the news was confirmed before last night’s 2-0 home defeat that the 22-year-old had been tempted south to pen a lengthy contract at Posh.
He secured an initial one-month emergency loan deal so he could go straight into their squad for their League One clash with Sheffield United last night.
Shortly afterwards, Peterborough’s chairman Darragh MacAnthony posted a picture on Twitter showing Burgess signing a four-year contract.
The former Arsenal trainee will once again join up with former United defender Jack Baldwin, who Posh signed for £500,000 from Pools back on deadline day in January.
Cooper has other players on his wishlist and Scott Harrison, of Sunderland, is likely to be elevated to the top defensive target.
“We thought there might have been a possibility of Christian coming back here,” said Cooper. “But Peterborough have come up with the goods and have bought him.
“So, that is obviously a disappointment as we would have loved to have had Christian back for another spell.
“He is a very ambitious young man and this opportunity came along and Middlesbrough were prepared to sell and Peterborough were prepared to buy.
“I had asked Christian a couple of honest questions and he said he really enjoyed his time here but he wanted to step up to the plate and try something higher.
“That is fine, I have no problem with that.
“He wasn’t my player, it would have just been nice to get him back through the door.
“Hearing there was some rumblings a couple of days ago I have put another couple of other irons in the fire and I am waiting to hear back from a couple of managers with a couple of players.
“We can only see, we can only make the phone calls and parent clubs will decide whether they release the players or not.”