NEALE Cooper has revealed for the first time that Ryan Noble could be back at Victoria Park next season – if parent club Sunderland allow him to go out on loan.
The Pools boss has been taken by both the ability and attitude of the 20-year-old striker during his fortnight at Maiden Castle.
So much so that, after just three appearances and one goal, Cooper admits he would jump at the chance of making Noble an integral part of his squad going into the 2012-13 campaign.
“If he is enjoying it and Sunderland decide over the summer that we can take him then I would be very pleased with that,” the 48-year-old told SportMail ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Colchester United.
“But I know Ryan is enjoying it – I always keep in touch with him to make sure he’s okay.
“I watch things like that and know how important it is. He joins in the banter and it’s like he’s been here a long time, which is good for us as well as him.
“I’ve seen boys arrive at clubs who the others don’t take to, but Ryan is well liked and he is doing a job for the team – everyone can see what he brings.
“The others are pleased to have him on board and see what he adds – bang, give him a chance and he gets on the end of it.”
Noble has scored Pools’ only goal from their last six outings, bagging the winner at Yeovil Town last month.
And Cooper has revealed the former England youth hitman was frustrated he did not add to that tally during last weekend’s defeat to Sheffield United.
“I got home on Saturday and had a missed call on my phone,” he explained, “It was Ryan.
“So I phoned back and wondered if there was a problem because he was a bit subdued after the game.
“But he was just phoning to say how disappointed he was at not scoring.
“Yet I thought he did well out there and never stopped working and I told him that.”
Cooper keeps in regular contact with Sunderland reserve-team boss Keith Bertschin with news on Noble’s progress.
And the Scot is keen to foster a trusted bond with the region’s bigger clubs, seeing the benefits of loan deals for both parties.
“I speak to Sunderland to keep them informed and updated on how Ryan is doing,” Cooper went on.
“It’s so important to have a good relationship with the other clubs around us.
“That’s something we want to push in the summer and work on.
“They are teams with a lot of good, quality players and we could meet at some point with them all.
“If they have players to put out on loan then they can come to a nice club here, a good club which will give them a chance on their doorstep.
“It would be nice to have closer bonds with them all. They can pick up the phone and see if we would be interested in having a look at a player.
“There’s Carlisle as well who would like the same type of player as us and they have had a few over there, but we are closer to the three bigger clubs.
“The people I know at the clubs who I have spoken to since I got back have been good to deal with and I’d like to think we have a good relationship.”