Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray insists he “isn’t fazed” by Rakish Bingham’s decision to turn down a new contract and instead sign for Hartlepool United.
Pools boss Ronnie Moore moved quickly to snap up the 21-year-old, who had enjoyed a month-long loan spell at Victoria Park in January.
Bingham’s signing was classed a priority by Moore, who had made no secret of his desire to bring him back to Pools after his five-game loan spell.
He was recalled early by his parent club after Mansfield dropped into the bottom two, a move Bingham told SportMail had frustrated him at the time as he was enjoying his loan stint.
Bingham is now back in the North East looking ahead to the 2015-16 campaign.
And Murray believes Bingham’s head may have been “slightly turned”, having first spoke to Pools about a return a couple of weeks ago.
He added: “Rakish chose to go back to Hartlepool.
“I know he spoke to them a couple of weeks ago so his head had been slightly turned.
“But that doesn’t faze me.
“I want people here that are going to be kicking the door down to stay.”
It was quite a coup to secure the former Wigan youth, who has pace to burn, from their League Two rivals with Murray having to accept that Bingham saw his future at Pools.
“Rakish’s contract when he first came in was based on it going up, accumulating up to a certain value on appearances made and whatnot,” said Murray.
“And looking at what we are trying to bring in and how last season went, the deals I offered the players were what I thought were value for what they brought to the club.
“It was up to them if they wanted to buy into what we are doing.
“The boys have chosen they want to take their futures elsewhere and we respect that.”