JOHN Hughes admits Hartlepool United should have acted quicker in their pursuit of Matty Dolan.
The Pools-born starlet last week chose to sign for Yeovil Town over his hometown club, joining them in a one-month loan deal from Middlesbrough.
Dolan had previously trained with Pools with a view to joining in this month’s transfer window.
However, the 19-year-old flew to Somerset over Christmas and, despite returning to the North-East following a bout of tonsillitis, he has now joined the Glovers.
That news came as a blow to Hughes, who had made no secret of his desire to bring the midfielder to Victoria Park.
And the Scot has today told SportMail that the club should have conducted their business in swifter fashion.
“It was a bit disappointing when we found out Matty had joined Yeovil,” admitted the 48-year-old.
“We should have got our work done a little bit quicker, we shouldn’t have let him go to Yeovil in the first place.
“We should have been in there and got it sorted when we had him here.”
Dolan impressed during his spell at Maiden Castle in December and it was widely expected that he would complete a loan move at the start of this month.
And Hughes went on: “I was desperate to bring Matty here, I never hid that.
“He really did fit the bill and I liked him a lot.
“I wish him all the best and it’s one we’ll have to keep an eye on.
“It’s disappointing that he’s not here now but we move on and work
towards identifying other targets.”
Indeed, Hughes has been checking out a number of trialists in recent days and at least one new addition is expected in the coming weeks.
“We’re looking at what a few trialists could bring,” he said.
“We’ve got to see what options we have and take it from there, but I would love to get a couple in to give these boys a hand.”