Hartlepool release former Liverpool and Sunderland star

Stephen Wright
Stephen Wright

HARTLEPOOL United have sacrificed Stephen Wright in a bid to free up funds for a new striker, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The club confirmed yesterday that the 31-year-old defender had failed to win an extension to a short-term deal first signed in September.

The fact that Wright has not played since suffering an Achilles problem in November was a factor in Pools’ decision.

But boss Neale Cooper today told SportMail that the prospect of bringing a new frontman to Victoria Park was they key reason for Wright’s exit.

“It was a hard one for us because I’ve been told Stephen had done very well when he played,” said the Scot, who hopes to secure a loan deal for a forward in the coming week.

“We thought about the fact he’s not been available for a wee while, but more importantly we need to release finances.

“In a perfect world I would have kept him.

“But I need funds to bring in a striker and that is what we’re trying to do.”

Full story in Wednesday’s Mail