COLIN Cooper may have some cash to play with – but he will be canny with Hartlepool United’s money.
Cooper, who takes Pools to Bury tonight in a vital Sky Bet League Two clash, is in no rush whatsoever to bring in any new talent.
Pools freed up some potential funds yesterday when the club and striker Steve Howard agreed to part company.
The experienced campaigner was understood to be the top wage earner and his removal from the salary bill would, potentiality, leave some cash to spend on possible new men whether they are loan or permanent signings.
But Cooper will not look to sign players for the sake of it and the 46-year-old will take a ‘if it aint broke, don’t try to fix it approach’.
“We don’t have the biggest of squads,” he told SportMail. “If you take our keepers out, we have 22 fit players.
“It isn’t massive.
“To sign someone, they would have to be better than who we’ve already got.
“We have to be careful. The dynamic of the club at the moment is very good.
“Where we to pick up one or two injuries or suspensions that could alter things.
“We’ve been quite lucky with injuries so far, but it would be impossible to get through the whole season without any.
“At present, if anyone on the pitch was injured, I am confident I have got someone in our squad who would fill the gap more than capably.
“It is only right that if we lost someone that we’d give the opportunity to one of our own players to make the spot theirs.
“If it happened we may need to strengthen the squad at some point.
“But if we are spending X amount on a permanent signing or a loan then we have got to justify the player is better than what we already have.
“We are OK for now and if we were to lose someone we have players curently not in the starting team who deserve the chance.”
Cooper hopes to have Matty Dolan in the heart of his midfield for tonight’s trip to Gigg Lane.
Dolan has been an excellent addition to the side since his loan move from Middlesbrough and the Pools boss is just waiting on a call from Rockliffe Park to confirm a third month for the former English Martyrs School pupil.
Cooper told SportMail that there was “no news” but also there was “no panic” over the situation.
With Pools not needing to set off for Bury until mid-afternoon and Dolan living in town it would be a case of the player popping dowwn to the Vic to sign the necessary paperwork.
The Pools boss would be loathe to break up the central pairing of Dolan and Simon Walton who have proved an effective combination.