COLIN Cooper knows all too well his “thin” squad is in need of bolstering quickly.
But he has been handed a boost with Scott Harrison and Charlie Wyke set to stay a further two months, the club has confirmed.
The Pools manager said last week that the loan extensions for Harrison, on loan from Sunderland, and Middlesbrough striker Wyke, were in place.
But he revealed after defeat to Argyle the pair will be staying at Victoria Park for eight more weeks, subject to paperwork being completed.
Over the last month both have impressed since re-joining Pools on loan, with Wyke scoring three goals in five appearances.
The striker, who missed Saturday after suffering concussion last week, was badly missed at Plymouth with Pools having even less cutting edge than normal.
Meanwhile, Jordan Richards came in for the injured Stuart Parnaby at right-back and he probably would have started anyway given Parnaby’s poor show at Northampton Town.
Cooper said: “The squad is a bit thin and we have to accept that, as much as the phone is [still] ringing.
“We missed two players and it hits us hard, so we do need to bolster numbers and we also need to try and raise the quality as well.
“Charlie will be back, all the paperwork is done.
“Medical advice means he cannot do anything for a week and hopefully we get him back on Thursday.
“I have spoken to Sunderland [as well] and we are extending Scott and hopefully Charlie for the other 60 days of the emergency loan window, for the full duration to take them to 93 days.
“Then see where we go.
“They are both keen to be here and I am keen for both of them to stay.”
While that is good news, the club is still desperately in need of more new signings - loan or free transfers.
Cooper knows his squad is paper thin and it could have done without Wyke’s enforced absence or a knee injury to Parnaby.
The former Boro defender has had a scan but Cooper couldn’t put a timescale on his return.
“Stuart has had to have a scan on his knee, which has been really sore.
“We won’t be seeing him for a while.”
- RICHARD MENNEAR