Marlon Harewood delighted at Hartlepool recall

GOAL AIM: Marlon Harewood.
GOAL AIM: Marlon Harewood.

MARLON Harewood is enjoying life under new boss Paul Murray and pleased to be back in the starting line-up.

The experienced striker had been dropped from the Hartlepool United squad under caretaker boss Sam Collins following Colin Cooper’s resignation.

Collins revealed Harewood hadn’t shown enough in training to warrant a starting place.

But Murray has given the 35-year-old a fresh chance and he has featured in all three matches since taking charge, starting the last two.

Harewood is enjoying the new regime and is confident struggling Pools – bottom of Sky Bet League Two – have what it takes to get out of trouble.

“Every manager has different methods and ways that they want to do things,” Harewood told SportMail ahead of Saturday’s trip to Southend United.

“The new gaffer has come in, taken it on and I am enjoying it.

“We have to crack on because we are in a position where we don’t have time to think about what is happening.

“We just have to start performing, winning matches and getting out of the league position we are in.

“On a personal level, I am pleased to be back in the team and I enjoy playing football still.

“If the gaffer thinks I can do a job for him then I will go out and give it 100 per cent and try and help the team get further up the league.

“We have good enough players to do that and we will do that.”

Pools have been boosted in recent weeks with three new signings, midfielders Sidney Schmeltz, Nicky Featherstone and striker Scott Fenwick.

Murray is keen to bring in three more, including another striker, and Harewood – who has found the net just four times in 33 appearances for Pools – says the new faces have raised competition levels.

“The new signings are a great bunch of lads and it is great to have players like that come in,” added Harewood.

“It has given the other lads a bit of a boost and they have been fantastic since coming in.

“Sidney is quite creative and that will always help strikers, having people in the side that can create chances and put balls into the box.

“We need to score goals, it is as simple as that.

“I need to score more and will try my hardest to do that.

“The gaffer has been working on finishing and getting in better positions where we can go on to win matches.

“Hopefully we can do that.”