The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS -

LUKE JAMES’ de­par­ture from Hartle­pool to Peter­bor­ough is in­dica­tive of the qual­ity com­ing through Pools’ academy – ac­cord­ing to man­ager Colin Cooper.

For­ward James, 19, was one of eight home­grown prod­ucts in Cooper’s first-team squad be­fore his exit.

James’ fee is be­lieved to be in the re­gion of £500,000 – and mid­fielder Brad Walker is another to have en­ticed scouts.

“It’s a pat on the back for what this club pro­duces,” Cooper said.

“To see play­ers leav- ing, I’m not happy about, but we’ve got some very tal­ented young play­ers.

“Our scout list was grow­ing be­cause peo­ple recog­nised what we were try­ing to do, and the play­ers were able to com­pete.

“They have shown clubs are happy to pay good money for play­ers with the phys­i­cal, tac­ti­cal and men­tal as­pect to play at a high level.

“Luke is a great kid, but when I looked in his eyes this time he was ea­ger to ply his trade some­where else; that for him was the ex­cite­ment of pit­ting him­self in a higher league.”

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