Hartlepool Utd boss still looking at triallist Jordan Deacey

Jordan Deacey
Jordan Deacey

HARTLEPOOL United manager Colin Cooper is still running the rule over trialist Jordan Deacey but admits the teenager has impressed during his time at the club.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder plays for Bradford Park Avenue but has been training with the Sky Bet League Two club in recent weeks.

Deacey has twice appeared for the reserves at Pools, including scoring the opening goal in the 5-2 thrashing of Scunthorpe United.

Cooper has been impressed with Deacey and plans on having further talks with the teenager and his manager, who is also his dad, John Deacey.

The Bradford Park Avenue manager is the man who recommended Pools’ right-back Michael Duckworth to Cooper in the summer and the defender has been an immediate hit at The Vic.

German-born Duckworth has made a seamless transition from non-league football to playing regularly at Pools and Cooper will continue to assess Deacey to see whether he thinks he too would make the grade.

The teenager has done his chances no harm, however, after impressing in training and reserve matches.

Jack Baldwin’s deadline day transfer to League One side Peterborough United has freed up funds for Cooper and assistant Craig Hignett to bring in one or two players, if they see fit.

Whether Deacey will be one of those players remains to be seen but Cooper admits he is excited by his potential.

Trimdon-born Cooper said: “I have had conversations with Jordan and his father and I like what Jordan can do.

“The two reserve games that Jordan has played were against younger opposition but he has really sparkled and he is only 19.

“We will just have to see but obviously what happened with Jack [Baldwin] has presented us with an opportunity if we want to bring another one or two in.

“Jordan is obviously non-contract so we could bring him in until the end of the season and have a look but I will have a chat with Jordan.

“He is a nice lad, I have a lot of time for him and his dad and as I have said to his dad he has a lot of attributes which I like.

“Jordan likes taking the ball and is quite creative and in the two reserves games he has shown he can score a goal as well.

“At 19, I think there is definitely some potential there.”

Deacey arrived at Bradford Park Avenue in the summer of 2011 and his debut season saw the teenager go from strength to strength, firmly cementing his place in the side following some solid performances in the second half of the season.

Non-league Park Avenue are currently 13th in the Skrill Conference North table.