Hartlepool United look to sign ex-Fulham defender Liam Donnelly and Sunderland product Scott Harrison

Liam Donnelly (left) in action for Pools against Sunderland. Picture by KEVIN BRADY
Liam Donnelly (left) in action for Pools against Sunderland. Picture by KEVIN BRADY
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Craig Hignett hopes to make triallists Liam Donnelly and Scott Harrison permanent signings today.

Craig Hignett hopes to make triallists Liam Donnelly and Scott Harrison permanent signings today.

Liam Donnelly has come in and is a real versatile player, he can play centre-back, right-back, centre midfield, left-back

CRAIG HIGNETT

The Hartlepool United boss told his media conference that both defenders have impressed him during pre-season.

“Scott Harrison has come back in pre-season and done really well,” said Hignett.

“Liam Donnelly has come in and is a real versatile player, he can play centre-back, right-back, centre midfield, left-back.

“I’m hoping to get something agreed with both of them.

“It is two extra players, who have been training for weeks now, so everyone knows them and both are integrated in the squad.”

Donnelly was released by Championship outfit Fulham and has played four times in pre-season for Pools, appearing at both centre-half and right-back.

The 20-year-old has a good pedigree, having been on the books at Craven Cottage and has a Northern Ireland cap to his name.

Harrison has impressed Hignett, who had released him at the end of last season.

The former Sunderland youngster was unlucky last season. In the opening months he looked the only centre-half who was both fit and knew what he was doing.

But a harsh sending off saw him lose his place with Adam Jackson and Matthew Bates preferred at the heart of the defence. And when a chance came, a dramatic last-minute call into the side at Bristol Rovers, he had a nightmare at the hands of Matty Taylor and was never seen again.

But the 22-year-old was invited for pre-season training and has proved himself over the last month.

Hignett hopes to have a full squad to pick from for Saturday’s League Two opener with Colchester at the Northern Power & Gas Stadium.

Nicky Featherstone has been having treatment all week to a groin injury but the manager hopes he will train tomorrow ahead of the U’s visit to the Vic.