Hartlepool United’s Rodney is eager to be unleashed

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NIALLE Rodney believes he is ready to “unleash his potential” at Hartlepool United.

The striker won a permanent stay at Victoria Park this week having scored twice during a summer trial period.

Rodney, at 22, has yet to establish himself in the professional game despite a promising graduation through the youth ranks at Nottingham Forest.

But now, with the support of boss Colin Cooper, the Pools new boy says he has the platform to express his talents.

“It’s up to me now to prove myself,” he said today, “This is a proper chance to unleash my potential and I cannot wait.

“I believe that I have a lot more to show given the opportunity.

“I need a bit of stability and the right manager behind me.

“I feel I’ve got that with the gaffer.”

Indeed, Cooper and Rodney worked together at Bradford City and it was the manager’s memory of that period which persuaded him to hand the player a pre-season trial.

And Rodney, who is likely to start from the bench at Rochdale on Saturday, went on: “I said when the gaffer left Bradford that I would love to work with him again, and thankfully I’ve got that chance.

“I’m so grateful and appreciative of it.

“Football is about opinions and, if you’ve got a manager who believes in you, it is a big help.

“Colin has seen something in me and I believe we can work together to bring that to fruition.

“First I need to get the games under my belt and get my confidence going.

“The more football I play the stronger I will become.

“The gaffer said that he saw potential in me in that I’m good on the ball, have pace and an eye for goal.

“He’s right and he knows better than me what it takes to be a good footballer.

“I’ve got to repay that faith and that’s what I’m going to do.”