Former favourite O’Donovan won’t be joining Pools

FORMER Hartlepool United favourite Roy O’Donovan will not be rejoining the club this month.

SportMail got wind of talk at the start of January that Mick Wadsworth could be weighing up a move for the 25-year-old, whose nine goals from 15 appearances towards the end of last season saved Pools from relegation to League Two.

But we understand that Coventry City will only allow O’Donovan to leave the Ricoh Arena on a permanent deal, ruling Pools out of the equation.

A Sky Blues source said: “Coventry expect O’Donovan to leave the club permanently during the current transfer window.

“They’ve had enquiries from a number League One clubs but he won’t be going back to Hartlepool on loan.”

O’Donovan, a former Coventry trainee, resigned for the club last summer on a free transfer from Sunderland – where he failed to find the net from 19 outings during four years on Wearside.

But first-team opportunities have been at a premium for the Cork-born frontman and he has only appeared four times for Aidy Boothroyd’s men.

The arrival of Everton’s Lukas Jutkiewicz and the signing of Marlon King, following his release from prison, saw O’Donovan slide down the pecking order before a ball had even been kicked this season.

And Pools asked about his availability back in October but were told that any move wouldn’t be sanctioned until the New Year.

But O’Donovan now looks set to leave City on a permanent basis and could well come up against Pools later in the season should he move to another League One club.

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