Will Pools get a cash boost from Jack Baldwin's imminent sale? Sell on clause details revealed!

Hartlepool United's summer transfer budget is unlikely to receive a welcome cash boost from the sale of former defender Jack Baldwin.

Thursday, 21st June 2018, 7:00 am
Peterboroughs, and former Hartlepool defender, Jack Baldwin (right) in action against Bradford Citys former Sunderland striker Jon Stead.

The 24-year-old has been made available for transfer by club Peterborough this summer, with the League One outfit keen to cash in on their skipper, who they signed for around £500,000 from Pools in January 2014.

As part of the deal that took Baldwin south, a sell on clause was inserted, meaning Pools profit from the potential sale of the player in the future.

But the Mail has learned that unless Baldwin leaves for more than the half a million fee paid, the clause states the club will not pocket any percentage of the sale.

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And with Posh looking for around £200,000 for the central defender, Pools are highly unlikely to see any further return for the player who broke on the scene at the Vic back in 2011.

Scottish Premiership sides Aberdeen and Dundee have both had bids rejected for the player so far this summer.

It is understood they retain an interest in Baldwin, but their bids are thought to have fallen well below Peterborough’s valuation, never mind the sum needed for Pools to get a windfall.

It may come as a shock to many that Baldwin’s stock has fallen so low, but inconsistency has meant there will be few tears shed, should, as expected, Baldwin depart London Road this summer.

Pools boss Matthew Bates continues, with the help of director of football Craig Hignett, to scour the market for reinforcements.

His hopes of signing prolific National League North frontman Jason Oswell faded yesterday with the news the player, who netted 25 times for Stockport County, is keen to remain in the north west of England.

Work goes on though, and hopes are high Pools can get their business done in the not too distant future in order to give Bates as much time to prepare with the majority of his squad ahead of the National League kick off on August 4.

Meanwhile, ahead of Pools’ return to pre-season training this weekend, Bates has been discussing the topic of managerial experience.

At 31 he is the youngest manager to take the dugout at the Vic, bar Brian Clough, of course. But he does not think that matters at all.

He said: “I don’t see this thing about needing an experienced manager or a National League manager, but I see that if it’s a manager with that experience then they can’t be any good because they have been in the divison for so long.

“Young managers around now are doing well, Ebbsfleet manager has almost got back to back promotions, Eddie Howe was young at Bournemouth, Garry Monk at Swansea and Middlesbrough.

“In my opinion the way forward is younger managers, new thinking, the game is always changing and young managers are up with the modern trends and styles.”