Colin Cooper happy with Hartlepool United trialists Biko Bradnock-Brennan and Eugen Bopp

ON TRIAL: Eugen Bopp
ON TRIAL: Eugen Bopp

COLIN Cooper has been pleased with the efforts of the two trialists currently training with Hartlepool United in southern Spain.

Defender Biko Bradnock-Brennan and midfielder Eugen Bopp, 30, first joined up with the Pools camp for pre-season training at Maiden Castle.

They then flew out to La Cala Resort with the rest of the first-team squad earlier this week and have been put through their paces in the hot Spanish sun.

Cooper says they are both in good shape physically and has been impressed with their technique but isn’t expected to make a decision on their futures until the camp returns to the North East.

Ukranian-born Bopp – who has represented Germany at Under 19 level – has previously played for Nottingham Forest, Rotherham and York City.

Meanwhile, Irish-born pacy defender Bradnock-Brennan has previously played youth level at Blackpool, under Ian Holloway and Gary Parkinson, and has more recently spent time in America at Charlotte University.

Cooper told

“Eugen Bopp, in particular, is someone that I saw play at Nottingham Forest and I know he can play.

“Biko is a bit different, he was a young kid at Blackpool, where he worked under a very good friend of mine, Gary Parkinson, before he fell ill. “I think he very nearly broke through into Blackpool’s team under Ian Holloway.

“Biko has spent the past two years at college in America and I just offered him the opportunity to see if he is the kind of thing that I am looking for.

“I have to say that physically he has impressed me, he is a decent size and is aggressive in his football.

“We will just see how it goes with the pair of them. All I’ve said is that we’ll have a couple of weeks looking at each other and then we’ll have a chat and see where we are.”

The Pools players were this morning playing an 11 v 11 match in training before jetting back to Newcastle Airport on Sunday morning ahead of the first of the pre-season friendlies.

Pools travel to Billingham Town on Wednesday, July 16 (KO 7pm).