Dave Challinor discusses prospect of signing former Hartlepool United and Middlesbrough goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos permanently following non-contract agreement
Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor will ‘have conversations’ with Dimi Konstantopoulos regarding a permanent deal in the coming weeks after the goalkeeper agreed non-contract terms this week.
The Pools legend made his first appearance for the club at Victoria Park in over 12-years as he kept a clean sheet in Tuesday night’s 3-0 Durham Challenge Cup victory against Tow Law Town.
As a non-contract player, Konstantopoulos is available to play for Pools’ first team though there’s nothing in place to keep him at the club and retain his services should he receive an offer from elsewhere.
But due to the lack of an available back-up goalkeeper to Ben Killip, Challinor is keen to get a player tied down.
“Dimi has been training with us since before I arrived here and that’s continued to be the case,” said the Pools boss.
“There was talks of doing something and that still might be something that we look at going forward.
“He’s signed a non-contract deal at the moment and we’ll sit down with him and his agent to see where things go.
“I think he’s a little bit unsure of where he is because he’s had offers to go abroad and to different places which haven’t materialised.
“I thought it was a bit of a daft one having him in and around the place and not being able to play games so we’ve got something sorted and Tuesday was an opportunity for him to play which he wanted to do.
“We’re in a situation where we have lots of keepers training but none of them can play for us.
“We do need another goalkeeper to push Ben and put pressure on him.
“Dimi is one of those options, we’ll look at some others but we’ll have conversations with him over the next week or so and see what progresses.
“Ben is in good hands with Ross but needs pressure on him and competition which he hasn’t had a lot of but having Dimi in will challenge him and help him with the experience he brings.”