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Jordan Richards in action against Rochdale. Photograph by FRANK REID
Jordan Richards in action against Rochdale. Photograph by FRANK REID

COLIN Cooper could be set to make trialist Jordan Deacey a permanent signing providing he can strike a deal with the player’s manager – and dad!

The attacking Bradford Park Avenue midfield is training with Pools this week and played for the reserves in midweek.

Deacey scored the opening goal in a 5-2 thrashing of Scunthorpe United and has impressed Cooper who plans talks with the Bradford boss.

The Bradford manager is also Jordan’s dad – John Deacey.

He was the man who recommended Michael Duckworth to Cooper and the Pools boss responded by signing the right-back who has been one of the players of the season so far.

“When we brought Michael in during pre-season, Jordan was going to Carlisle on trial,” said Cooper.

“His dad said he’d already promised Greg Abbott he’d be going there so Jordan never came here.

“But John phoned me up recently and said ‘the jungle drums are banging but I always said if you fancied having a look at him we’ll give you a first chance’.

“John knows the way we try to play, the way we try to develop players, the way we try to make players better.

“I didn’t know Jordan before he came here but what I have seen of him this week in training and in the reserves on Wednesday night, I must say I like him.

“I told him afterwards how much I’d been looking forward to seeing him in a competitive game.

“I said ‘I enjoyed watching you play, I like the way you handle a football and the way you move the ball’.

“He scored a goal and while he tired a bit in the second half, he had a real impact on the game.

“I have to say I’m already thinking I’m interested.

“I’ll have a conversation with Jordan and John and just see what things can be developed.

“John might turn around and say ‘I can’t afford to let another Michael Duckworth leave Bradford Park Avenue.

“And I don’t know the sort of financial package Jordan earns at Bradford but I know the kind of area I’d have to pitch him if he was to come here.

“So there are conversations to be had with John and Jordan to find if there is a middle ground.

“But is he someone I’ve seen and like and would love to give an opportunity to?

“Why not. He can handle a ball, he’s only 19, there’s loads and loads of room for development.”

Cooper’s relationship with Deacey Snr, thanks to the Duckworth transfer, would seem to give Pools a good chance of getting the teenage talent.

“But what I understand is that he’s not only a Bradford Park Avenue player, he’s also John’s son, so he may be very protective of Jordan,” added Cooper.

“The one thing I know about John, he’s a good football man, and his team plays in a specific way and they like to play football.

“And the huge pat on the back I give him is that the players we’ve had from Bradford Park Avenue I don’t see out of place with the players we have here.

“We have seen Michael play and he can play higher.”

Cooper revealed that while there is a chance of progress with Deacey, he has suffered one rejection this week.

The manager was naming no names but it coyuld have been Sunderland attacker Duncan Watmore, who is attracting interest from north and south of the border.

“There’s no progress,” he admitted.

“We had a knockback earlier in the week and we are waiting to hear a call from another player.

“People seem to know our business before we do at the moment, but we will keep looking and we have made a permanent signing in the January window.

“The loan window opens again shortly and we operate in that market.

“We have been lucky and I’m pleased to bring Marlon in.”