Colin Cooper is Hartlepool Utd’s Mr Rejuvenator

Matty Dolan celebrates after taking the corner that led to Andy Monkhouse winner against Dagenham & Redbridge. Picture by FRANK REID
Matty Dolan celebrates after taking the corner that led to Andy Monkhouse winner against Dagenham & Redbridge. Picture by FRANK REID
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MIDFIELD maestro Matty Dolan believes his Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper has “rejuvenated” the club this season, writes Richard Mennear.

Dolan, who has signed on for a further loan spell from parent club Middlesbrough FC, said it is an “exciting time” to be involved with Pools and is delighted to have his short term future secured until at least January 4.

The Sky Bet League Two side had banished memories of last season’s relegation and been on a good run of form before Tuesday night’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Bury at Gigg Lane, which left Pools in 13th spot six places off the play-off positions.

But despite the loss to the Shakers, Dolan still believes Pools have turned the corner under former Middlesbrough coach Cooper, who knows the 20-year-old midfielder’s game inside out.

Hartlepool-born Dolan said: “Pools have gone through a hard couple of years but the gaffer has rejuvenated everyone and it is an exciting time to be involved in the club, for everyone.

“I have people asking me all the time what are the expectations for this season.

“And I tell them we just have to do what we have been doing and we will be there or there abouts come the end of the season.

“It is brilliant to be part of a winning team at the moment, Tuesday night aside.

“The gaffer asked me about the loan and I said I wanted to stay and at the end of the day it is what is best for all parties.

“Hopefully we can keep winning and I can stay in the side.”

The 20-year-old, who has made 17 appearances this season, believes other young players in a

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similar position should be looking to go out on loan.

Dolan, who played for Yeovil Town on loan last season, said: “I had a loan spell last year and would advise any young player to get out on loan.

“It is the best thing you can do.

“To come here with the gaffer, who I know well and his methods of football, has been brilliant.

“I have enjoyed every minute of it and it has been fantastic for me.”

The Middlesbrough midfielder said it is an exciting time at the Riverside as well, with former Real Madrid defender Aitor Karanka, recently named as their new manager.

Dolan, who is on loan at Pools alongside club mate Christian Burgess, said: “It is exciting times for Middlesbrough as well and I’m sure Mr Karanka has an eye on all his loan players including, me and Christian here at Pools.

“There is nothing better than to watch us in a proper game and no doubt he will have scouts here watching us in real game situations.”

- RICHARD MENNEAR