UK time is: 13:52:28
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Cooper Delighted With Bates Capture

Manager Colin Cooper has said he couldn't have been happier when making Matthew Bates our first summer signing ahead of next season.

Having known the player for more than a decade having worked with him when he came through the ranks at Middlesbrough, Cooper told the Official Site that Bates had every attribute necessary to be a big hit at Victoria Park and he has the attitude that he's looking for in players as we try and push ourselves up the table next term.

'I can't begin to explain how pleased I am that he's chosen to come and sign. Obviously it's no secret that we had Christian Burgess on loan and Sam Collins played a big part last season so we needed centre halves and Matthew is as good as it gets.'

Cooper goes on to say that he's looking for players who want to play for the club and understand that they are joining something good here, because he believes we can only improve, and it was Matt who phoned him at the end of the campaign to ask him about his plans for the coming season and that's where the deal started to come about.

'I've known him since he was 15 and seen him play in some high profile games in the past, I think everyone understands the tough time he's had with injuries but hopefully that's all behind him now. What I see is someone who is big, strong and aggressive with good technical ability, organisational skills and leadership qualities - I would say we've got very lucky to get him.'

Having played there himself during his own playing career, Coops says that playing centre half is all about 'position, awareness and organisation' and Bates has that in spades in his mind and he feels he'll play a huge part in us being successful next season.

Of course, he also gives us a few options as he can perform at fullback and in midfield if needed because of how good he is on the ball, that gives us a touch additional cover as the season draws on if needed, but he's obviously been signed for the middle of defence and potentially as a skipper to be.

This site is looking for bloggers, so if a fan can offer us a genuine opinion from someone that supports them we would love to share it with the masses!

To email your own unique article/blog for publishing
***CLICK HERE***

Join The Vital Debate




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 25 2014

Time: 10:22PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Hartlepool United Articles

Tshibola Stays For The Season (Friday January 30 2015)

Bingham - Marlon Someone To Learn From (Thursday January 29 2015)

Harrison - Now We Have To Maintain It (Monday January 26 2015)

Moore - Tranmere Set Our Standards (Monday January 26 2015)

Ronnie Wants Moore Of Tshibola (Monday January 26 2015)

League 2 - Tranmere 1-1 Hartlepool (Sunday January 25 2015)

Stats: Tranmere v Hartlepool (Saturday January 24 2015)

Tranmere v Hartlepool - Team News (Friday January 23 2015)

Strikers Been And Gone (Friday January 23 2015)

Wyke Bid Failed (Thursday January 22 2015)

Archived Hartlepool United Articles

List All Vital Hartlepool Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
 

Vital Members League (view all)

1. PooliePoolie 26
2. thepooliedoctor 24
3. billytwodogs 23
4. WTFDIK 19
5. Bowlsdirect 17
6. Smokin Joe 14
7. crimdon 13
8. Old Poolie 13
9. Owenhpool 13
10. rednblackforever 12

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Portsmouth 26 7 8 11 -5 29
19. York 27 5 13 9 -5 28
20. Mansfield 26 7 7 12 -12 28
21. Dag & Red 27 7 6 14 -11 27
22. Carlisle 27 8 3 16 -16 27
23. Tranmere 25 5 9 11 -5 24
24. Hartlepool 27 4 6 17 -28 18

Breaking League News

The only way is up for City
York : 30/01/2015 13:43:00
Hyde seeks goal boost
York : 30/01/2015 13:11:00
Wycombe wondering...
Portsmouth : 30/01/2015 08:58:00
Bodin Earns Cobblers Deal
Northampton : 30/01/2015 08:34:00
Tshibola Stays For The Season
Hartlepool : 30/01/2015 08:33:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Hartlepool v Plymouth
Suggested By:  
Hartlepool win 0%
Plymouth win 100%
Draw 0%