MATTY Dolan will be with Hartlepool United for another month.
The in-form midfielder’s loan stay at Victoria Park ran out this week but boss Colin Cooper has clinched a further extension with Middlesbrough.
Hartlepool lad Dolan has formed an excellent central partnership with Simon Walton and capped his good run in the side with his first goal in Pools colours on Tuesday night.
Cooper spoke of his high regard for the 20-year-old in SportMail both on Wednesday night and in yesterday’s edition.
And despite the upheaval at the Riverside where boss, and friend, Tony Mowbray departed after three years in charge, Cooper has been able to retain the former English Martyrs School pupil following talks with Boro chief executive Neil Bausor.
“I was pleased to have 10 minutes with the chief executive there to sort that out,” he said.
“They obviously have their own stuff going on at the moment, but it’s important for us.
“I’ve known Matthew and watched him play for a number of years.
“He has qualities – he is athletic, can technically handle a football and has a real desire to play.”
Cooper is as much a fan of Dolan’s hunger as he is his football, particular his desire “to go and play football” rather than be content with life in the Boro U21 squad.
Last season, he was linked with Pools but the two clubs could not reach an agreement and Dolan ended up at Yeovil Town.
It was a successful liaison – the youngster helping the Glovers reach the play-off final at Wembley and winning a place in the Championship.
But this season Pools have got their man, much to the delight of the player who told SportMail last week that it’s a dream come true to bed playing for his hometown team.
“There was talk of him coming here last year but for whatever reason that did not happen,” Cooper said.
“Development football is great for learning to be a professional, but at some point you have to get out there.
“Middlesbrough have always been advocates of getting their players out there to get some genuine league miles under their belt.
“You want players to have to do that and Matthew went out on loan last year and wanted to do it again this year.
“I wanted him here from the start.
“The longer he is here is of benefit to both of us.”
Midfield will be a key area tomorrow at Scunthorpe.
The Dolan-Walton axis has been a key factor in making Pools tick and will need to do so again if they are to get another result.
Cooper is expecting a tough game at Glanford Park against an Iron side managed by old Boro team-mate Brian Laws.
Scunthorpe lost 4-0 to Exeter on their last home outing but that result has very much been the exception rather than the norm.
They bounced back in style on Tuesday night with a 1-0 win at Fleetwood.
Cooper said: “Scunthorpe’s results, other than Exeter at home last week, have been very good.
“They have lost only one in nine I think.
“They will feel confident, what happened with Exeter has gone on and I think Brian will have put that to one side now.
“They got a good win at Fleetwood the other night.
“He will want to make sure they put a show on for their fans.
“Scunthorpe are on a good run – we have to be on our guard.
“But the boys are feeling good about themselves and we are looking forward to a good game.”