JOHN Hughes is “desperate” to sign Matty Dolan – admitting he could turn up at his Hartlepool home with a signing-on form.
The 19-year-old Middlesbrough midfielder is back in the north-east with a bout of tonsillitis having last week trained with Yeovil Town.
The Glovers are equally keen to land the loan signature of Dolan, who spent a period training with Pools before deciding to see what the Somerset club had to offer.
They had hoped to complete a deal for the former English Martyrs pupil in time for yesterday’s game at home to Leyton Orient, but illness saw him return north.
And Hughes told SportMail today: “I hear he’s back home now – well he might just find a big, ugly Scotsman standing outside his front door with a signing-on form.
“I’m desperate to get him in.
“I know Yeovil are desperate to get him as well and I understand why.
“The chairman (Ken Hodcroft) and Russ (Green, chief executive) have said to give it a go.
“So we’ll have to see what happens.”
Hughes has made no secret of his desire to bring Dolan to Victoria Park.
The Scot watched yesterday as his side laboured to a 1-0 defeat at home to Preston North End, and he feels the loan addition of the deep-lying midfield player would strengthen his hand.
“I want him for a number of reasons – my first signing is important,” he said.
“I want to bring somewhere here who the Hartlepool fans can identify with.
“He’s a right good footballer with good legs.
“When you have that at your disposal I can look to change things about a little bit.”