With a healthy half a million pounds in the bank, Colin Cooper can now look to improve his Hartlepool United squad – but don’t expect a lavish spending spree.
Following the sale of Jack Baldwin to Peterborough United late on Friday evening as the transfer window closed, the Pool boss has lost one of his shining stars from what is already a small squad.
He now hopes, when the emergency loan window opens next week, to be able to add to his ranks with at least two temporary signings.
Pool are in good nick and they kept a steady clean sheet against one of the division’s promotion-chasers without being stretched.
Part of that was down to Sam Collins, the 36-year-old central defender brought back into the side.
The club’s former captain has only played a handful of games this season, but led the back line with some authority.
Perhaps Cooper won’t need to bring in another defender.
Against The Iron, Pool fielded three young loan prospects in Jack Barmby, Luke Williams and Christian Burgess.
They all played their part in seeing the game out.
Scunthorpe, unbeaten in 13, were second best for most of it.
Pool just couldn’t create enough clear chances to close the game out. Cooper was satisfied with the performance, if a little bit disappointed to lose Baldwin to a League One club.
He said: “When I spoke to Jack on Friday morning he was happy here.
“I said there was better out there and if he was willing to give it six months, 18 months, he could go into the Championship.
“That period of development in a young centre-half would mean an awful lot.
“He has had his head turned in a few hours, but was only by his representatives. He was happy with us and we wanted to negotiate a new contract.”
Cooper continued: “There was no scope for change immediately, but we were going to be without Jack for a fortnight through suspension anyway.
“His move won’t adjust what happens to us. We pat Sam on the back for the way he has approached everything in recent months, but we would be very naïve if we hadn’t started to look what is out there and who is available on loan.’’
HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Austin (Sweeney 78), S Collins, Burgess, Holden; Monkhouse (Harewood 81), Walker, Walton, Williams; Barmby (Compton 81), James. Subs: Rafferty (gk), Poole, Rodney, Hawkins. Booked: Barmby
SCUNTHORPE: Slocombe; Nolan, Mirfin, Canavan, Williams; Hawkridge (Madden 65), Syers, McAllister (M Collins 75); McSheffrey; Winnall, Hayes (Adelakun 80). Subs: Severn, Ribiero, Sparrow, Boyce. Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancs) Att: 3,727