Potential brought me here

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NEW Bridlington Town manager Mitch Cook said the club’s potential persuaded him to leave his job at Pickering and head for Queensgate.

And he said the fact his predecessor Gary Allanson had recommended him for the post had been a major factor in his decision to join the Seasiders.

Cook led the Pikes to seventh in the Northern Counties East League, just 10 points behind Bridlington and three places and seven points ahead of Scarborough Athletic.

But he saw the opportunity to come to Bridlington as a step up.

He told the Free Press: “I have known Gary a long time and I see it as a great honour that he put my name forward

“He text me a few weeks ago to say he was thinking of leaving and that he had recommended me to chairman Pete Smurthwaite.

“I had a good chat with Pete and we decided it was a case of right time, right place, right person.

“All round it seems like a good fit.”

Cook admitted he is likely to bring in new players, but assured the current squad he wants them to stay.

His two sons, defender Carl and midfielder Nathan, who followed him to Pickering, are two of the names likely to emerge at Queensgate next season but the manager said he was delighted to be inheriting a squad with such quality.

“The lads here at the minute have the shirt. It’s up to them to keep it. With all new managers, there will be new faces, but we already have a very good foundation to work from.

“Both my lads were here at the start of the season so I watched Brid’s first half a dozen games and we’ve met twice in the league games.

“There are some good players here. They won the league last season and fortunes weren’t quite with them this time with injuries and it didn’t quite work out, but they still finished third.

“I watched the Hall Road match on Saturday and met the lads after the game. The players seem keen. I am very keen and I’ve said to them all that I want them back for pre-season.

“I haven’t said ‘no’ to anybody.”

Despite being unveiled as the new Town boss at the weekend, Cook had unfinished business with the Pikes.

His final game at the helm of the Mill Lane outfit was

Monday’s long trip to Long Eaton United, where they secured a 3-3 draw.

There are also some under 19 cup matches to be played .

He said: “We finished well at Pickering, winning four of our last six games.

“It was hard to leave them because it was my first job at this level of football.

“People had been saying the young players we had weren’t good enough but we did very well.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to make. I told the chairman and he tried to get me to stay.

“I really have to thank everybody at Pickering for last season. We did brilliantly with the group of players we had and they gave me a great opportunity.

“But, without sounding cruel, I felt there was more potential at Bridlington.”

A statement from Bridlington Town said: “Mitch has the ambition, professionalism and the strength of character to take the club forward and we wish him all the very best of luck as Town manager.”