Craig Harrison has revealed that Padraig Amond has wanted to leave Hartlepool United since the day he walked through the door, after the player refused to play at the weekend.
The Irishman made himself unavailable for the trip to Bromley on Saturday, citing that he was not mentally in the right state of mind.
And amid firm interest from Newport County, ironically the side edged Pools out in the battle against the League Two drop last season, Amond’s Victoria Park stay looks over.
Talks with the Exiles are ongoing, with the clubs attempting to reach a financial agreement.
Harrison says he has tried everything in his power to keep Amond at Pools.
Although, given that the player handed in a transfer request a month ago, he is not shocked the situation has developed this way.
“It did not really come as a surprise to me - Podge hasn’t wanted to be here,” said the manager.
“He handed in a transfer request four or five weeks ago. The last step for Podge was to make himself unavailable.
“From my own point of view, and I speak for the coaches, too, we have done all that we can to keep him.”
When asked whether he felt let down by the player, Harrison said: “Only he can say how he is feeling, you have to ask the fans how they feel, and the other players. All I can say is how I feel and I bent over backwards, worked my socks off to keep him here.
I have batted off clubs left, right and centre over the summer.
“Podge has played every game, scored one goal. A penalty. It is his decision. “We cannot do anything more. And now we have to make sure we deal with it.”
When asked whether any action could be taken against Amond, should a move not materialise, or whether he may have a route back in at Pools, Harrison said: “That is not a conversation for here and now. “I would like to have that conversation with the player in an isolated situation.
“Those talks will take place over the next few days.”