Hartlepool United striker Colin Nish back in contention for first-team spot

Colin Nish jumps for joy after his second goal against Bury earlier in the season. Picture by FRANK REID

Colin Nish jumps for joy after his second goal against Bury earlier in the season. Picture by FRANK REID

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COLIN Nish is back in contention for Hartlepool United – but Micky Barron admits the big Scot still has a point to prove to the club’s supporters.

The 30-year-old – back after a two-month layoff with a knee injury – played the full 90 minutes for Barron’s second-string during last night’s 1-0 win at Gateshead.

The timing of Nish’s return could be significant given Neale Cooper’s current quest to bring in a loan centre-forward, and the boss was in the crowd at the International Stadium.

But Barron – who has worked with Nish since his arrival in the summer – believes that the former Hibernian striker is yet to show his very best in the blue and white of Pools.

“I think he’s got a bit still to prove,” said Barron, the man who has given Cooper the lowdown on all of the players he’s yet to see.

“He’s shown in glimpses of what he can do and got a couple of good goals.

“He’s got good feet and can be a threat for sure.

“But I think especially at home some of the games he’s played the fans haven’t seen the best of him.

“But that’s up to him to work hard now and try to get in Neale’s plans.”

Read more on Barron’s thoughts about Nish, plus the build-up to the Carlisle game, in today’s Sportmail.