Sunderland youth product deserves new Hartlepool United contract

Scott Harrison in action against ex-club Sunderland
Scott Harrison in action against ex-club Sunderland
0
Have your say

Craig Hignett will today look to dot the i’s abnd cross the t’s of two important pieces of business.

The Hartlepool United boss hopes to complete the signing of his two defensive trialists – Liam Donnelly and Scott Harrison.

I knew there’s a player in there because I’ve seen it – he was player of the season the year before

CRAIG HIGNETT

Donnelly has played four times in pre-season for Pools following his release by Fulham and brings versatility to the squad and, on the evidence of a tasty challenge or two, a steely character.

Harrison is also not short of steel and, at his best, has proven a powerful figure in his own box as well as the opposition.

The 22-year-old’s world looked to have caved in when he was shown the door at the end of last season – though that was not quite the case.

Hignett had, cleverly, left the door ajar, as he explained.

“Scotty had a shock,” said the manager. “By his own admission he wasn’t playing well, in fact he was all over the place.

“But I knew there’s a player in there because I’ve seen it – he was player of the season the year before.

“Something wasn’t right, so I’ve gave him the chance.

“If he wanted to go somewhere else he could, but if he wanted to come back he could train, play and prove himself.

“He’s done that and he’s earned the offer of a new deal.’’

While Harrison is an out-and-out centre-half – though he fancies himself up front too! – Donnelly can operate everywhere across the back four and in midfield.

“Liam was a good young lad at Fulham,” said Hignett. “He’s a decent player who we have seen in a few positions.

“He wants to kick-start his career now, he’s really ambitious and hungry and a fierce competitor – he’s earned his deal as well.”