Michael Woods was just too important to Hartlepool United’s cause to be allowed to leave last month – that’s the view of boss Craig Harrison.

And the fact no one put their money where their mouth is to land Pools’ top-scorer was also a massive factor in him remaining. It looked as though Woods was set to depart the club in the closing stages of the winter window, with the likes of Stevenage really pushing to hand the player a return to the Football League.

But with no cash offer on the table, only deals which would see no fee exchange hands, to purely take Woods off the wage bill, Pools knocked back any advances. On deadline day morning Woods had a meeting with the club’s hierarchy and was told the news that he would be staying at Victoria Park until the end of the season, when his current contract ends.

Harrison says Woods was just too valuable to let go for nothing.

“Keeping Woodsy was important,” said the manager. “He’s our top scorer, so losing him as well as Franksy [Jonathan Franks] then it’s two top scorers taken away.

“We didn’t want that. If the club had coughed some money up for Woodsy or any player, then it would have been out of our hands anyway.

“We are happy that no one did offer money.”

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