Hartlepool United have revealed that they made “five or six” attempts to sign Michael Brown before the midfielder signed for the Valiants.
Brown was born in Hartlepool and also spent a spell on loan at the club.
Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper told the Hartlepool Mail: “I make no bones about it, I spoke to Michael at length on five or six occasions.
“I know his links to the town, hence when I knew he was available I made a real strong effort to put Hartlepool’s case to Michael.
“I have to say, he responded very positively to what we were talking about.
I know his links to the town, hence when I knew he was available I made a real strong effort to put Hartlepool’s case to Michael…
“The downside, when you are a footballer of Michael’s age, is that he has a young family and lives south of Manchester.
“So, without any disrespect to Micky Adams and Port Vale, that is half an hour down the road and we are a bit further away.
“But he spoke very positively about what he has heard about what we are trying to do and he said – were it not for the geographic differences – he would have loved to have been a part of it.”
Hartlepool face Vale in the league cup this season and Cooper added: “I said to him ‘I hope you have a nightmare when you play against us but I wish you all the best for the rest of the season’.”