Dave Challinor has wished Peter Kioso well after he sealed a
move to Championship outfit Luton Town – and revealed that Pools did everything
The 20-year-old completed a switch to Kenilworth Road on
Wednesday morning after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for thedefender, 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 thepriority 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 hisagent 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 hasthree 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 havewaited 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 overthe 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 ano-brainer.
“The way things are,
we've reluctantly accepted the bid and for him to get a move to a Championshipclub 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 YeovilTown.
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 pointfrom 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 lotabout 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 ofhim not playing on Saturday and potentially scuppering a move.
“He leaves with everyone's best wishes for the future.”