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.”