Hartlepool United boss Colin Cooper moves to reassure fans

POOLS BOSS: Colin Cooper. Picture by FRANK REID
POOLS BOSS: Colin Cooper. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United manager Colin Cooper has moved to reassure fans that “good progress” is being made in the transfer market.

The Pools gaffer, yet to make any signings so far this pre-season, has also thanked outgoing Antony Sweeney, who this afternoon agreed terms on a two-year contract with Sky Bet League Two side Carlisle United.

Cooper has, however, revealed talks are ongoing with players he would like to bring to Victoria Park in order to bolster the squad ahead of the new 2014-15 season.

The Pools squad return to pre-season training on Tuesday, July 1.

Sweeney, 30, - who was due a testimonial match at Pools - won’t be among them though after agreeing the switch to the Cumbrian side, managed by Graham Kavanagh, after 444 appearances for the club.

Cooper said: “I made Sweens an offer and gave him the opportunity to have a testimonial year with the club.

“He was unsure what he wanted to do but he’s now chosen to leave and of course we wish him well for the future and thank him for his service to the club over the years.

“I think he’s a great lad with an excellent attitude which is why I made him captain at the start of last season.

“Unfortunately for him he had a couple of injuries and didn’t play as many games as he would have liked to last year and now he’s gone for a fresh challenge.

“I think we all agree that change is what was needed here though and my job now is to make sure that we bring players in who are the better than the ones that have left – and that’s no disrespect to the service they gave to us.

“The positive side is that I am in negotiations with several players who I believe will improve the squad and they’re fresh faces who I hope the fans will enjoy watching next season,” added Cooper who was talking to the club’s website.