Tommy Killick, manager of Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West club Poole Town, remains hopeful Russell Cook will return to the Dolphins after the striker decided to temporarily hang up his boots.
Cook had struggled to regain his form after sustaining a broken ankle during Dolphins’ FA Cup fourth qualifying round clash against Hayes & Yeading United last season. The former Christchurch front man, who struck up a fruitful partnership with Charlie Austin at Poole, had notched twelve goals before the injury sidelined him for a lengthy period. But after hitting the comeback trail for the Tatnam outfit, Cook found he had fallen behind Dan Cann, Scott Joyce and Steve Smith in the Dolphins pecking order. Killick said: “Cookie is very laid back and doesn’t have a huge amount of drive in him. He was flying before he got injured but, since then, he hasn’t hit the heights and has been messed about a bit so I think football has just become a bit of a chore. “He is going to take a break from it, but I do think it is a waste. “I would hope that, in time, he will come back to us because he is a really good player and someone I thought had a chance of progressing, certainly a couple of leagues up. But we have to respect his position and see what happens.”