RELEASED Sunderland winger and one-time Hartlepool United target Jordan Cook has agreed a two-year deal with Championship new boys Charlton.
Easington Lane’s Cook was one of nine players freed by Sunderland at the end of last season after the 22-year-old parted company from his boyhood club with three substitute appearances for the Black Cats first team to his name.
Cook was in demand as a free agent, with beaten Championship play-off finalists Blackpool, League One Carlisle, where he spent four months on loan last season, and Pools all interested in landing the versatile forward.
But Charlton beat off the competition to take Cook to the Valley, with last season’s League One champions yesterday confirming his signature.
Boss Chris Powell said: “We’ve been tracking him all summer. He’s had a number of clubs after him but I think he was really hanging out for us and I’m pleased that it’s happened.
“He comes in now to really push along and try to make his mark with us. I have high hopes for him.
“I don’t want any pressure put on him, because he’s still learning the game.
“He was well thought of at Sunderland as a young lad. Obviously, there was a change of manager and that hasn’t really helped him.
“He’s been out (on loan), he’s played some league games and he can play in different positions, so we will see how it goes for him.”
Powell made up his mind on Cook when the then on-loan Sunderland man starred for Carlisle in a 1-0 defeat to Charlton in April – the game which sealed their promotion.
“Jordan first came to our attention a couple of seasons back. In my first six months here, he was on loan at Walsall and gave us a few problems,” added Powell.
“You take notice of players and then we saw him in a few games last year for Carlisle and also for Sunderland.
“He’s a young player who we feel can play down the middle, behind the main striker and out wide. He’s a utility attacker, but we just think for the age he’s at, he’s worth bringing in and developing.
“He played exceptionally well for Carlisle against us in the game that ultimately won us promotion.
“He did some good things in that game, which I have watched again on DVD, and I feel he will supplement the group. He’s one that we feel could develop into a very good player.”