COLIN Cooper is thrilled to have completed a loan double from North-East neighbours Middlesbrough and Sunderland.
Less than 24 hours after securing a deal for Boro striker Charlie Wyke, the Hartlepool United boss has regained the services of defender Scott Harrison.
The Sunderland centre-half played the final six games of last season - starting five of them after fellow loan signing Christian Burgess suffered a campaign-ending injury at Portsmouth.
Harrison impressed Cooper - and supporters - with his performances alongside old-hand Sam Collins and he remained on the Pools manager’s target list.
“He did smashing for us when he was here,” Cooper told SportMail.
“Scott was on my list of centre-halves and I’m pleased to have got him through the door.
“When Middlesbrough sold Christian to Peterborough, I was quickly on the phone to Sunderland about Scott.
“He was keen to come and he came bouncing back into the club - he’s as enthusiastic as ever and keen to crack on.
“Scott is a good player but he needs the experience of men’s football.
“Playing for Sunderland’s Under 21 Development team is fine, but playing league football is ideal for him.
“Scott adds that extra but of quality and he’s bolstered our numbers because we were looking thin on the ground already.”
The 20-year-old has been given the number 26 shirt and will be in the squad for this afternoon’s visit to Wimbledon.
He played well for the Cats in pre-season and was at the heart of the defence for Kevin Ball’s U21 team in their agonising 1-0 defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday night.
“There was a little miscommunication with Sunderland at first but all he paperwork has been done and he can play at Wimbledon,” Cooper explained.
So too can fellow Middlesbrough-born prospect Wyke, who has the number 24 jersey at Kingsmeadow this afternoon.
The 21-year-old has also arrived on a month’s loan.
It would not be unfair to say Wyke pulled up no trees on his previous stay at Victoria Park, where he made 26 appearances in the League One campaign in 2012-13, scoring twice.
Wyke was in his teens then and a young and inexperienced man in a struggling side, but the forward has improved since then and Cooper is confident he’ll do well.
“It is a year and a half on from his last stint and he’s now older, stronger and more developed,” said the Pools chief.
“He was a very young man on his first spell here, technically good, but young.
“Charlie’s a good footballer, a smashing lad and he’s come on a lot.
“When I spoke to him this week he was champing at the bit to come here, he wants to do well for the club and score some goals.
“That was music to my ears and I’m delighted to have got him.”