Tomi Adeloye set for Hartlepool United exit

Hartlepool United look set to lose striker Tomi Adeloye.

Monday, 29th January 2018, 6:00 am
Tomi Adeloye battles for a high ball at Eastleigh.

The frontman was one of the stand-out performers in the 4-3 Eastleigh defeat at the weekend, having been handed his chance to shine at first-team level by Craig Harrison.

But the Mail has learned that former Stoke City kid Adeloye’s deal at Victoria Park is up.

And due to the club’s current National League transfer ban, they cannot offer him a new deal.

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When asked whether we had seen the last of the forward, manager Harrison said: “No comment.”

Adeloye has made 10 appearances for Pools since signing in the Autumn.

Saturday was his one and only start in the National League, with eight other showings coming off Harrison’s bench.

He did start his only other game for Pools in the FA Trophy first round loss at National League North side Workington.

Even though his future is less than certain, Harrison admits he was delighted with the player’s performance at the weekend.

He said: “He did well.

“He has been struggling on and off with a knee injury that has never quite gone completely.

“His knee keeps flaring up and he is getting treatment.

“Tomi did well when he came on at Chester, even though he missed a chance, it was the fact he got there to miss it that pleased me.

“I thought he did well again on Saturday. Him and Cass [Jake Cassidy] played well together.”

It is understood that Harrison is keen to hang on to Adeloye until at least the end of the season, with numbers light at Pools.

But under current restrictions he would be unable to renew his temporary deal.

Adeloye is likely to follow James Thorne, Jonathan Franks and Keith Watson out the door this month.

Striker Thorne is yet to find a club while Franks has turned up at St Johnstone on trial, alongside Watson, who despite having an agreement in place to stay was forced to go back to Perth.