SEASIDERS loan striker Andrew Barrowman has returned to Birmingham City 10 weeks ahead of schedule after Pool boss Colin Hendry slammed his attitude.
The 19-year-old Premiership ace was supposed to be at Bloomfield Road for the first three months of the season but he headed back to St Andrew's today after the deal was unexpectedly cut short.
Hendry said: "Andrew came to see me and said that he didn't want to be here anymore and that he wanted to go back to Birmingham. There was no point in keeping a player here who wasn't happy.
"More importantly, he didn't have the fight the rest of the lads here have at the minute and he didn't show the right attitude, so we have let him go back.
"It has wasted a loan because it was a three-month loan and he has gone back after eight or nine days, so it is disappointing but we will look around to find a replacement.
"It shocked me but that is football for you and we will get on."
Barrowman appeared only twice as a substitute for the Seasiders and his sudden exit leaves the club short of striking power.
After Barrowman arrived, Matthew Blinkhorn was allowed to go on a three-month loan to Luton. It means Hendry now has just three frontmen to choose from – Scott Taylor, John Murphy and Keigan Parker.
The manager could move to solve the problem by offering Dean Gorre a short-term deal.
The former Barnsley and Ajax man has been training with the squad and caught the eye in the reserves' midweek win at Oldham.
Simon Grayson, reserve team coach, certainly believes Gorre has the ability to step in: "I know Dean has fantastic ability because I've played against him so many times over the years," he said.
"Even in training he has showed what skill he has got. He just needs to improve his fitness and that's why he has been here – training hard, running with the other lads and wanting to play in games like this to try and impress and get a contract. He did OK on Tuesday and has done himself no harm."
Grayson also reckons several other players who featured in the reserves may have played themselves into Colin Hendry's plans for the weekend trip to Hartlepool.
"There are a few players who will be pushing had for places on Saturday and I stressed that to the lads before the game," added Grayson.
"Danny Coid, for instance, has had a stop-start pre-season and he's been unfortunate. He'll train for a couple of weeks and then he'll have four or five days out. But he got through 90 minutes at Oldham and looked good.
"Paul Edwards is recovering from an operation and he needed 90 minutes. Whether he'll be available for the first team at the weekend I don't know. We'll see how he reacts to this match but he can only improve his fitness game by game. Both he and Coidy will hope they are in contention for Saturday.
Of his own position, Grayson said: "I think I'm going to be in charge for the rest of the season, depending on whether I am going to be playing in the first team or not! But my aim is to stay in charge of the reserves."
• CREWE keeper Clayton Ince, who Blackpool enquired about, has ruled out a move away from Gresty Road.
The Trinidad and Tobago international said: "I just want to work hard here and try and reclaim my place. I'm prepared to wait for another chance and hopefully when that comes I can take it."