Hartlepool Utd boss wishes trialists Biko and Bopp well after deciding against contracts

Eugene Bopp in action against Billingham Town. Picture by FRANK REID
Eugene Bopp in action against Billingham Town. Picture by FRANK REID

COLIN Cooper has wished trialists Eugen Bopp and Biko Bradnock-Brennan well after deciding against offering them a contract, writes RICHARD MENNEAR.

Midfielder Bopp and defender Bradnock-Brennan had been training with the Sky Bet League Two club since the players returned to pre-season training at Maiden Castle, in Durham.

They both spent the week at the training camp at La Cala resort in southern Spain and played in the 9-0 friendly win over Billingham Town and the 1-0 win over Bradford Park Avenue at the weekend.

But Cooper has decided against offering them a contract with the Clarence Road club.

He met with the pair after the weekend game at the Horsfall Stadium and explained his decision not to keep them on.

Both Bopp and Bradnock-Brennan had asked for a decision after the friendly win over Park Avenue.

Cooper and his assistant Stephen Pears were deep in conversation with both players on the pitch after the game as the rest of the squad made their way to the coach.

And their fate was confirmed yesterday.

Cooper said: “They worked extremely hard and became a good part of the group so we all wish them well in the future.”

Bradnock-Brennan played the full 90 minutes against Park Avenue and impressed but defence is an area of strength and Cooper is likely to instead look to the loan market for defensive cover while using money left in the budget for permanent reinforcements further up the pitch.

The pacy had previously played youth level at Blackpool, under Ian Holloway and Gary Parkinson, and has more recently spent time in America at Charlotte University where he is in the third year of a scholarship.

Bopp played an hour at the weekend and looked steady without being spectacular and he didn’t look any better than the options already at the club.

Bopp – who has represented Germany at Under 19 level – has previously played for Nottingham Forest, Rotherham and York City.

Meanwhile, Tommy Miller and Michael Woods who are both training with the club and both played 30 minutes at Park Avenue are expected to be included in the squad for the next pre-season friendly against Sunderland at Victoria Park tonight.