Hartlepool Utd boss hopes to add new players before start of season

Colin Cooper during training at Durham. Picture by FRANK REID
Colin Cooper during training at Durham. Picture by FRANK REID

COLIN Cooper says he feels “happier” with his progress in the transfer market and hopes to bring in “one or two” new faces before the start of the season.

The Pools boss takes a full-strength squad to Whitby Town this evening (kick-off 7pm) as his side resume their pre-season schedule.

Cooper met with his scouts last week in a bid to accelerate recruitment plans ahead of the League Two campaign which gets underway a fortnight on Saturday.

The 46-year-old is aware of the financial framework in place at Victoria Park and admits that loan deals, especially with Premier League clubs, are difficult to arrange at this stage of the summer.

But Cooper has nonetheless been buoyed by conversations he has had in the early part of this week.

“Myself and Craig (Hignett) are still making an awful lot of phone calls to managers, coaches and people in the game,” he explained.

“I spoke to a couple of managers earlier in the week and it left me feeling very positive.

“I left the office feeling happier about things.

“So hopefully we can do something over the next couple of weeks in terms of bringing one or two in.

“The difficult thing is you’ve sometimes got to wait and see where other clubs see their players in the pecking order.

“That is still the case and we might have to be patient.

“But we’re very keen to bring more quality to certain areas of the team.”

One player who remains on trial at Maiden Castle is Nialle Rodney.

The 22-year-old striker scored Pools’ only goal during the recent tour of Holland and he will again get the chance to impress at Whitby.

As Cooper explained: “Nialle will be involved tonight.

“Myself and Craig might have to make a decision over the next couple of days or he might be involved again against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

“So this is another chance for him to impress and hopefully he takes it.”