CARLISLE boss Greg Abbott has confirmed his interest in landing released Sunderland forward Jordan Cook on a permanent basis.
But Hartlepool United could yet emerge as rivals for the 22-year-old’s signature.
Cook was one of nine players freed by the Black Cats last week after making just three first-team appearances since coming through the club’s academy ranks. The Cumbrians lead the chase to sign Cook after he scored four goals in 14 games during this season’s loan.
And Abbott has informed Cook’s agent of his interest in landing the Easington Lane-born player, following the end of his contract at the Stadium of Light.
Abbott said: “Everyone knows he was here and we think he did well and we also know he enjoyed his spell with us.
“He has a lot on his plate and a lot of things to digest, the biggest of which is the fact that he’s just been let go by Sunderland.
“He has to get over that disappointment and it’s not great etiquette as a manager to be banging his door down the day after he gets that kind of news.
“He’s a local boy and Sunderland are his club, so he’ll be disappointed with that. What we’ve done so far is make sure his people know, in a delicate way, we are interested in possibly doing something and we can take it from there.”