HARTLEPOOL United could yet emerge as rivals to Carlisle United for the signature of former Sunderland winger Jordan Cook, writes Craig Hope.
Cumbrians boss Greg Abbott has confirmed his interest in landing the 22-year-old, who was released from the Stadium of Light last week.
Carlisle are in pole position to sign Cook with the Sunderland-born star having enjoyed a successful loan spell at Brunton Park last season, scoring four goals from 14 outings.
But with Pools in the market for a left-winger, Cook is on their radar, and Neale Cooper would no doubt be keen to speak to the player who made three senior appearances for the Black Cats.
Yet Abbott has already informed Cook’s agent of his interest.
“Everyone knows he was here and we think he did well and we also know he enjoyed his spell with us,” said the Carlisle chief.
“He has a lot on his plate and a lot of things to digest, the biggest of which is the fact that he’s just been let go by Sunderland.
“He has to get over that disappointment and it’s not great etiquette as a manager to be banging his door down the day after he gets that kind of news.
“He’s a local boy boy and Sunderland are his club so he’ll be disappointed with that.
“What we’ve done so far is make sure his people know, in a delicate way, we are interested in possibly doing something and we can take it from there.”