Hartlepool Utd lose out on Jonathan Greening to Blackpool

Jonathan Greening in action for Hartlepool United against Middlesbrough. Picture by FRANK REID

Jonathan Greening in action for Hartlepool United against Middlesbrough. Picture by FRANK REID

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BLACKPOOL, not Hartlepool, is the most likely destination for Jonathan Greening who has teamed up with the Championship outfit.

The midfielder, 35, was on trial at Pools after an unsuccessful period training with Rotherham.

Greening played against his former club Middlesbrough during the week, doing enough to prompt Pools boss Colin Cooper to declare a public interest in signing his former team-mate.

However, contact from troubled Blackpool – whose summer has been shrouded in turmoil with just contracted eight players at one point – has seen Greening depart the Maiden Castle training ground in favour of the Tangerines.

Greening is expected to sign for the Seasiders in the coming days.

“After the game on Wednesday he informed me that he’d had an offer from Blackpool,” Cooper explained to SportMail.

“It’ll be very difficult for me to match what Blackpool can offer him.

“As much as I’d love to have him, he might be one that just slipped through the net.

“But that’s football, that’s life. It doesn’t alter my relationship with him.”

Greening intended to spend the week training with Pools until Blackpool’s calling.

Cooper is not averse to the possibility of the Manchester United graduate one day joining up with him at Victoria Park again, perhaps more hopeful rather than hinting that their “paths will cross sometime in the future”.

He added: “I’ve known Jonathan for a long time and he’s a very, very good footballer.”