HARTLEPOOL United are unlikely to offer a contract to trialist Alex Cooper.
The 19-year-old son of former Pools boss Neale has spent the past week training with the senior squad at Maiden Castle.
He played the full 90 minutes of Wednesday’s 2-1 reserve-team defeat against Gateshead, but struggled to catch the eye in what was a disappointing team display.
Cooper, who was used on the left-hand side of midfield in that game, was released by Liverpool during the summer having spent three-and-a-half years at their academy.
The Reds paid Ross County £100,000 for the talented teenager back in 2007, but he was unable to win a professional deal at Anfield.
His trial at Victoria Park has coincided with Pools’ early-season injury problems, but with the likes of Gary Liddle, Tony Sweeney and Nobby Solano now making their way back to fitness, a move for Cooper would appear unlikely.
But boss Mick Wadsworth told SportMail he will continue to take a look at the Scotland youth international.
“Alex did okay on Wednesday and we’ll assess him more through the week,” he said.
“He has good pedigree and ability and is a fit and strong boy.
“The consideration is who we have in that department already.
“James Poole can play there, although I hope he turns into a striker. There’s also Nathan Luscombe and Ritchie Humphreys and then we’ve got Andy Monkhouse.
“I have to consider if we are able to take any more players, which is doubtful and if he is different and better than what we already have – and I’m not sure he is.”