THE RESULT: Boss admits Hateley interest

This Is Swindon Town FC: Tom Hateley Tom Hateley

MARK Cooper has confirmed his interest in signing on-trial midfielder Tom Hateley, although the Swindon Town boss was unable to say whether or not the former Motherwell man will be handed a deal in Wiltshire.

The Advertiser revealed last week that Hateley, son of ex-England international Mark Hateley, has been training with the Robins and featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Portsmouth on Tuesday.

Town, however, are inundated with central midfielders – with Ryan Mason, Massimo Luongo, Yaser Kasim, Ryan Harley and Louis Thompson all competing for two or three places in the starting XI – and with the club sailing close to the wind when it comes to the League One wage cap, Swindon may not be able to offer Hateley terms.

Regardless, Cooper has been impressed by the playmaker over the past fortnight, and he admitted he would be more than happy to see Hateley remain at the club on a permanent basis if possible.

“He’s a decent midfield player, he’s played a lot of games in Scotland for Motherwell – I think he’s played 150 games for them over the last three or four years. He’s a good, all-round, steady, solid player.

“He was offered to us and he’s been with us for a couple of weeks. I’m sure Lee will be speaking to his people and we’ll see what they’re going to do.

“You can never have enough good players in your squad so if he is one that becomes available, and we can afford it, then I’m sure Lee will press the button.”

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7:52am Mon 26 Aug 13

Rebel_phish says...

OFF TOPIC

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Due to still not having a dedicated thread as yet, where are you Sam?

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OFF TOPIC Predictions League: QPR v Swindon Town Due to still not having a dedicated thread as yet, where are you Sam? For all your entries, go to the following link http://www.thisisswi ndontownfc.co.uk/new s/headlines/10634051 .THE_RESULT__Byrne_f rustrated_by_inevita ble_equaliser/?actio n=success Rebel_phish
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8:12am Mon 26 Aug 13

mandrossian says...

Regardless of how good he may or may not be, this is not a position we need to strengthen. Unlike the Wray/Di Canio era we cannot just sign player after player, sorry Tom, we don't need you.
Regardless of how good he may or may not be, this is not a position we need to strengthen. Unlike the Wray/Di Canio era we cannot just sign player after player, sorry Tom, we don't need you. mandrossian
  • Score: 1

9:04am Mon 26 Aug 13

The Jockster says...

Of course Cooper can't say whether he will be given a deal his puppet masters haven't told him!
Of course Cooper can't say whether he will be given a deal his puppet masters haven't told him! The Jockster
  • Score: -11

9:19am Mon 26 Aug 13

old town robin says...

Would be great if he could step up and become a striker like his dad, Sir Geoff Hurst started as midfielder and as they say the rest is history.
Would be great if he could step up and become a striker like his dad, Sir Geoff Hurst started as midfielder and as they say the rest is history. old town robin
  • Score: 2

9:25am Mon 26 Aug 13

old town robin says...

Forgot to say 2 of the 5 midfielders mentioned are not our players and 4 out of the 5 are aged around 21 or under and are short on experience, so if Mark with his 150 games experience comes in, I think his maturity will be welcomed.
Forgot to say 2 of the 5 midfielders mentioned are not our players and 4 out of the 5 are aged around 21 or under and are short on experience, so if Mark with his 150 games experience comes in, I think his maturity will be welcomed. old town robin
  • Score: 12

9:55am Mon 26 Aug 13

Stilloyal says...

old town robin wrote:
Forgot to say 2 of the 5 midfielders mentioned are not our players and 4 out of the 5 are aged around 21 or under and are short on experience, so if Mark with his 150 games experience comes in, I think his maturity will be welcomed.
Yep we have some young , promising youngsters however they are rather lightyweight and inexperienced ,so Hately if good enough would be a good signing.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: Forgot to say 2 of the 5 midfielders mentioned are not our players and 4 out of the 5 are aged around 21 or under and are short on experience, so if Mark with his 150 games experience comes in, I think his maturity will be welcomed.[/p][/quote]Yep we have some young , promising youngsters however they are rather lightyweight and inexperienced ,so Hately if good enough would be a good signing. Stilloyal
  • Score: 8

10:35am Mon 26 Aug 13

beerdiddit says...

having watched plenty of scottish football, getting Tom in would be good, one of the best scottish league players, surprised he hasnt gone to a championship level club. Sign him up Jed/Lee
having watched plenty of scottish football, getting Tom in would be good, one of the best scottish league players, surprised he hasnt gone to a championship level club. Sign him up Jed/Lee beerdiddit
  • Score: 4

11:15am Mon 26 Aug 13

The Jockster says...

The Jockster wrote:
Of course Cooper can't say whether he will be given a deal his puppet masters haven't told him!
Only -5 tsk! tsk! I must be slacking!
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: Of course Cooper can't say whether he will be given a deal his puppet masters haven't told him![/p][/quote]Only -5 tsk! tsk! I must be slacking! The Jockster
  • Score: 1

11:30am Mon 26 Aug 13

oz ashes says...

beerdiddit wrote:
having watched plenty of scottish football, getting Tom in would be good, one of the best scottish league players, surprised he hasnt gone to a championship level club. Sign him up Jed/Lee
but motherwell wouldnt be championhip class anyway whch is why he is here trying to get a contract
[quote][p][bold]beerdiddit[/bold] wrote: having watched plenty of scottish football, getting Tom in would be good, one of the best scottish league players, surprised he hasnt gone to a championship level club. Sign him up Jed/Lee[/p][/quote]but motherwell wouldnt be championhip class anyway whch is why he is here trying to get a contract oz ashes
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12:12pm Mon 26 Aug 13

billbst says...

I was interested to see the difference in squad sizes on the back of Saturday's programme. 28 for us and 22 for the Gills. That included Williams but not Caddis, Benson, Navarro and Cox. I know it is logical to say that you can never have enough good players but you must look first at what you have before bringing in more. Much as Hately is a good solid player the priority must be strikers. Again a personal view but assuming that good players can always be fitted in tends to lead to unbalanced teams.
I was interested to see the difference in squad sizes on the back of Saturday's programme. 28 for us and 22 for the Gills. That included Williams but not Caddis, Benson, Navarro and Cox. I know it is logical to say that you can never have enough good players but you must look first at what you have before bringing in more. Much as Hately is a good solid player the priority must be strikers. Again a personal view but assuming that good players can always be fitted in tends to lead to unbalanced teams. billbst
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12:36pm Mon 26 Aug 13

beerdiddit says...

motherwell finished runners up in the spl and hateley played 40 times for them. not a bad run - still young but exeperienced player.
motherwell finished runners up in the spl and hateley played 40 times for them. not a bad run - still young but exeperienced player. beerdiddit
  • Score: 2

9:18pm Mon 26 Aug 13

The Jockster says...

The Jockster wrote:
The Jockster wrote:
Of course Cooper can't say whether he will be given a deal his puppet masters haven't told him!
Only -5 tsk! tsk! I must be slacking!
That's better up to -9:)
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: Of course Cooper can't say whether he will be given a deal his puppet masters haven't told him![/p][/quote]Only -5 tsk! tsk! I must be slacking![/p][/quote]That's better up to -9:) The Jockster
  • Score: -1

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