MAN of the season Scott Flinders today insisted he was in no hurry to leave Hartlepool United.
The in-form keeper collected THREE player of the year awards before Saturday’s Sky-televised game with Brentford and then demonstrated in the 90 minutes which followed just why he is the prize guy.
The 26-year-old produced another outstanding display as Pools held the promotion-chasing Bees to a 1-1 draw.
Flinders, who won the Supporters Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and Away Player of the Year trophies, told SportMail that he was committed to the Pools cause.
“It’s in the club’s hands really,” he said.
“I’m under contract and the most important thing for me is that I’m doing something I love doing.
“If another club was to come calling I may go on to other things.
“But I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Hartlepool and given no club has come calling I will stay here and fight on next season.”
And Flinders believes there is hope for the future, despite the pain endured over the last seven days following the relegation to League Two.
“I’m proud of the awards I won but at the end of the day I have a relegation on my CV,” said the Yorkshireman, who was an inspired signing by Chris Turner in the summer of 2009.
“The relegation hurts but I’m sure we’ll fight back next season and hopefully come straight back up.
“There is still a good group of players and you can see with the likes of Luke James, who is a bundle of energy who absolutely works his socks off, and Greg Rutherford, the young players are coming through.
“With the experienced heads we’ve got and the young talent that’s there I’m sure we’ll give it a great shot with hopefully some new additions.”
If Pools cash in on Flinders to raise some funds then his Victoria Park finale was a good one.
He made a fantastic first half save from a Jonathan Douglas diving header only to be beaten seconds laster by Marcello Trotter, who levelled matters after the effervescent James had fired Pools in front on 25 minutes.
“I am always disappointed to let in goals but particularly on Saturday,” he said.
“He beat me to my right-hand side and I probably could have gambled a little bit more.
“It was monents after I had saved from the header [by Douglas] and that’s what probably makes it so frustrating.
“But it was always going to be a good game, especially this time of year when the pitches are dry and bobbly.
“We could not get our passing game going.”