JACK Compton turned down four clubs to sign for Hartlepool United and new boss Colin Cooper.
The left-winger, released by Colchester United at the end of last season, put pen to paper at Victoria Park yesterday to become Cooper’s first acquisition.
It sealed a reunion between the attacking player and ambitious manager who worked together in 2010 at Bradford City.
Back then, Compton was a bright midfield talent and Cooper was caretaker boss of the Bantams.
And the 24-year-old told SportMail that the ‘Cooper factor’ had everything to do with his decision to join the League Two promotion candidates.
“I turned down Plymouth, Shrewsbury, Dagenham & Redbridge and Bristol City to come and sign for Hartlepool and Colin Cooper,” Compton revealed.
“He was caretaker at Bradford where I was playing.
“We got on very well and he really progressed me as a player.
“The gaffer really got the best out of me and I was very upset the way he left Bradford, he was badly treated.
“But I’m glad he’s now got this opportunity by Hartlepool and I’m sure he’ll be very successful.”
The former West Brom youngster describes himself as an “out-and-out winger” and loves trying to beat the opposition full-backs.
“I’m positive with the ball,” he said. “There is no going backwards.
“I run at defenders and look to make things happen.
“I like to play with a bit of flair, get to the by-line and put crosses into the box and set up chances for my team-mates.”
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