Michael Rae to be given two weeks to impress at Hartlepool United

FA Vase Final at Wembley.  Dunston V's West Auckland.'West Auckland's Michael Rae and Dunston's Michael Robson.'sb

FA Vase Final at Wembley. Dunston V's West Auckland.'West Auckland's Michael Rae and Dunston's Michael Robson.'sb

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MICHAEL Rae will be put through a mini pre-season at Maiden Castle as he bids to win a permanent contract with Hartlepool United.

The former Pools trainee returned to the club on a trial basis this week and played the full 90 minutes of Tuesday night’s reserve-team defeat to Doncaster Rovers.

The 25-year-old has been in free-scoring form for Northern League Spennymoor Town and, given the woes in front of goal at Victoria Park, he could well fit the bill for Cooper and assistant Craig Hignett.

“A goalscorer is a goalscorer and that’s what I’m told Michael is,” Cooper told SportMail.

“I don’t know as much about him as Higgy does.

“I watched him in the reserves and, considering he hasn’t had a pre-season and has had a few days away on holiday, his movement was there to see – he wants to get into places where you might score a goal.

“So I’ve said to Michael that I’m more than happy to have a look at him.”

Cooper went on: “A goalscorer at any level, if you have thank knack, is worth having a look at.

“His manager has been great and has said for us to have a look at him.

“Let’s put a couple of weeks’ training into him and get him some games sorted and see how he does.

“I’ll watch him day in, day out, see his movement and see how he scores his goals.

“We’ll get a couple of games sorted for him and give him that chance to show what he can do.”