Craig Harrison addresses Padraig Amond's Hartlepool United future - as League Two side open talks to sign the striker

Padraig Amond & Jake Cassidy
Padraig Amond & Jake Cassidy

League Two side Newport County are in talks to land Hartlepool United striker Padraig Amond after the Irishman refused to travel to Bromley.

Amond has almost certainly played his last game for the club after telling manager Craig Harrison that he would be unavailable for selection, prior to the team's trip down south.

Without the Irishman Pools were beaten 2-0 by their National League rivals, courtesy of goals from Josh Rees and Luke Wanadio.

And manager Harrison admits he was disappointed by the player's approach.

"Podge (Amond) came to me on Friday morning, before we travelled down for the game, and made it clear he was not in the right frame of mind to be involved," he said.

"So he made himself unavailable for selection or to travel.

"We need to talk about it and look at it. We need to communicate over the next few days and work out exactly where we are."

Amond has made no secret of his desire to leave Pools this summer.

And Newport, who were triumphant in the battle to beat the fourth tier drop last season at Pools expense, are in talks to sign Amond, although no financial agreement has yet been reached.

The Mail has learned that the club turned down a transfer request from the player a month ago, in the hope of hanging on to last season's top-scorer.

But they appear to have lost that battle, with Amond seemingly intent on forcing a move away from Pools.

Despite all of the off-field issues, Harrison was keen to not use the Amond situation as an excuse for his players' performance at Hayes Lane, though.

He accepts it was just not good enough from his Hartlepool side on the day.

"We have done enough in the last two games but we have to be more hard to beat," he said.

"It is no good playing for 45 minute patches.

"We have done well for one half in games and then not the other.

"Our performance on the day was just not good enough."