Hartlepool Utd boss: Don’t expect any signings before loan deadline

Colin Cooper gathers his thoughts at the final whistle.
Colin Cooper gathers his thoughts at the final whistle.

COLIN Cooper says Hartlepool United supporters shouldn’t expect to see new players coming into the club before tomorrow’s loan deadline.

Instead, the Pools gaffer believes January will be the time he needs to strengthen his squad, which suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Bury at Gigg Lane last night.

Cooper though is adamant any new signings would have to be better than what he currently has available to him.

And while the 46-year-old and assistant Craig Hignett will be checking on prospective signings for “all areas” of the field, fans shouldn’t expect new faces before 5pm on Thursday.

Cooper said: “I personally think the people we have are good enough to take us through to January.

“Myself and Craig will be looking to find ways that we may be able to strengthen.

“But I’m not a collector of players and I want players that are better than the ones we have.

“Other than last night they have been pretty good and we have to give them every opportunity.

“But again I will be looking and Craig will be looking over the next few weeks, rather than rushing into something now for the sake of getting someone in before the end of the loan window.

“Let’s see what Christmas brings and try to strengthen in January, if we feel as though we need to and that it helps us to progress.”

The loan deadline has coincided with striker Steve Howard, one of the club’s big earners, leaving by mutual consent earlier this week.

Cooper added: “People want you to rush because of Steve leaving the club and they now say has that freed up funds and are you going to so something before Thursday?

“I hadn’t planned to do anything before Thursday.

“But I am looking and we are talking to people and listening to people about the possibility of loans and permanent moves but I feel as though January will be more l TURN to Page 38

important than November 28.”

The former Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest defender said Pools are faced with a “heavy schedule” between now and the transfer window opening in January.

But he added: “We are more than capable of getting to January 1st and then looking to see are we light, have we got injuries or suspensions?

“Is there somebody out there better than what we have got and if that makes us better, then great.

“That is the only reason I would bring players in.

“We have to be conscious and say the squad at the minute is working hard and showing the ability and the quality that we have.

“Come January, everybody will be looking and we will and if we can do it then we will do it.”