Hartlepool Utd boss ‘chuffed’ with Middlesbrough loan lads

Manager Colin Cooper gives instructions during the game against Plymouth Argyle. Picture by FRANK REID
Manager Colin Cooper gives instructions during the game against Plymouth Argyle. Picture by FRANK REID
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COLIN Cooper is “chuffed to bits” with the contribution of loan stars Matty Dolan and Christian Burgess and would love to have them available all season, writes Richard Mennear.

The pair are both on-loan from neighbours Middlesbrough FC and Cooper, a former player and coach at the club, said he is delighted with their contribution.

Midfielder Dolan scored his first goal for Pools in the 3-1 win over AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday, while Burgess, 22, has been a rock in the centre of defence alongside Jack Baldwin.

Dolan’s monthly loan deal expires at the end of this week and Cooper is keen to tie the 20-year-old down to another deal.

Meanwhile, Burgess’s deal doesn’t expire until Christmas but Cooper is keen for them both to stay long term.

But the 46-year-old admits that is out of his control, especially after Tony Mowbray was axed as Boro manager on Monday night.

Mowbray left the Teessiders after three years at the club but Cooper hopes that won’t affect the loan deals.

Cooper, a friend and former teammate of Mowbray’s, said: “I earmarked them too as two players I wanted to get in from day one.

“They are justifying the reasons I wanted them here, they are both young players who are hungry to do well, who want to improve and proceed in the professional football game.

“To play in League Two football rather than development football I think is a big shot in the arm for the pair of them.

“I’m chuffed to bits with them and would love to have them here all season but that won’t be my decision at the end of the day.

“I will try to keep them here for as long as possible, whoever comes in as the new manager at Middlesbrough, and if I’m able to do that then great.

“If not, then my job is to make sure I can work with what we have got and then try and add to it from a different place if Middlesbrough want those two players back.”