Scott Flinders says he is happy remain at Hartlepool United this season

Scott Flinders in action against Middlesborough FC.
Scott Flinders in action against Middlesborough FC.

SCOTT Flinders insists he is happy to remain at Hartlepool United and lead the club’s League Two promotion push.

There had been speculation during close-season that the talented goalkeeper could be headed for pastures new.

But no formal approach materialised and Flinders will kick off the season as Pools custodian.

The 27-year-old again won rave reviews following his performance against Middlesbrough at the weekend, prompting manager Colin Cooper to declare that all offers for the Player of the Year would be rejected.

And Flinders has today told SportMail that, while he is enjoying his football at Victoria Park, he certainly won’t be agitating for a move away.

“There was a little bit of speculation during the summer but no-one came in,” said the Pools No.1.

“I’m happy enough to stay here and help the club fight their way back to League One.

“But main aspect is that I’m enjoying my football, that’s the most important thing.

“If you’ve got a smile on your face then your ability takes over.

“I know we had a bad year last season but I enjoyed my football.

“It’s hard to say this but I was going home with a smile on my face because I was pleased with my own performance.

“Hopefully that will be the case this year but with a promotion push to go with it.”

The arrival of Cooper and assistant Craig Hignett on Clarence Road has also tilted Flinders’ thinking.

The Yorkshireman has been impressed with the new management duo and is keen to buy into their ideas.

“I’ve been very impressed by Colin and Craig, they’re very professional,” he went on.

“From day one when we had a meeting at the ground they have talked about how they want to change the club - it’s been first-class.

“They want to be bring standards from their Middlesbrough days and that’s brilliant, that’s what the club needs.

“I want to be part of what they’re trying to do.”