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We Wanted To Keep Kioso - Challinor

22 January 2020

Club News

We Wanted To Keep Kioso - Challinor

22 January 2020

Dave Challinor has wished Peter Kioso well after he sealed a

move to Championship outfit Luton Town – and revealed that Pools did everything

in their power to keep him at Victoria Park.

The 20-year-old completed a switch to Kenilworth Road on

Wednesday morning after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for the

defender, who was out of contract at The Vic in the summer.

Challinor has admitted it was difficult for Pools to stand

in the way of Kioso once interest came from the higher divisions and the

priority moved to getting the best deal for the Club.

“It's obviously a really tough one for us because we didn't

want to lose Peter, by any stretch of the imagination because he's been great,”

Challinor told us.

“There has been lots of interest and speculation around him

but the Club wanted to keep him and had entered in to discussions with his

agent and Peter himself.

“However, he wanted to see what was out there for him and

then you have a decision to make when an offer comes in for a player who has

three or four months left on his contract.

“The decision for us is dependent on lots of different

factors – if we had been sat at the top of the table I expect we would have

waited and if you lose him for nothing then you lose him for nothing.

“With him being under 24 we would be leaving it open to a

tribunal to decide his value and assess what the Club have put in to him over

the last couple of years.

“I think the deal we've received is well above what we could

potentially have got from that sort of tribunal so it almost becomes a


 “The way things are,

we've reluctantly accepted the bid and for him to get a move to a Championship

club is a massive opportunity for him – and one that he thoroughly deserves.

“Hopefully he can kick-on and show he can hold his own atthat level.”

Challinor has also revealed that there was a flurry of

activity surrounding the young defender in the build-up to Saturday's trip to Yeovil


Despite the interest, Kioso starred in the 2-2 draw at Huish

Park and scored one of the goals as Pools brought home a well-deserved point

from Somerset.

“There were bids put in for him before last weekend and at

one point we thought we might not have had had him for the game at Yeovil,”

Challinor confirmed.

“For him to have that in the back of his mind and then still

produce the performance that he did is a testament to him, and it says a lot

about him and what he thinks of this Club.

“That will stand him in good stead as he moves forward

because it shows he's got his head screwed on because there was no thought of

him not playing on Saturday and potentially scuppering a move.

“He leaves with everyone's best wishes for the future.”

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