Hartlepool United’s Neale Cooper: Play for your futures

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HARTLEPOOL boss Neale Cooper has warned his players: “This season isn’t over – you’re playing for your future.”

With just eight games remaining before the curtain comes down on a campaign of highs and lows, Pools find themselves, perhaps predictably, in a mid-table standing which is unlikely to affect matters at either end of the table.

Tomorrow takes them to Yeovil Town as they bid to correct a run of five without a win and, worryingly, six hours and 50 minutes without a goal.

Alot of the current squad will be out of contract this summer and Cooper insists they still have to prove they’re worthy of a new deal come May.

“This season definitely isn’t over – it’s up to the players now to prove to me they should be part of my plans,” he said.

“There’s a few contracts up in the summer and they have to perform. If they don’t, then they know what happens.

“It’s a challenge for players – come and show me you are worth a new deal.”

Cooper is pleased to have Sunderland striker Ryan Noble on board on a loan deal. He played in Tuesday’s 1-0 home defeat to Oldham.

“I spoke to him late on Tuesday night and he thanked me for giving him a chance, but we are grateful for him for coming here,” said Cooper.