Hartlepool boss praises award-winning Scott Harrison

Scott Harrison in action for Hartlepool against Accrington Stanley. Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Harrison in action for Hartlepool against Accrington Stanley. Picture by FRANK REID

RONNIE Moore today heaped praise on award-winning defender Scott Harrison after the defender’s Football League honour, writes DANNY ROBERTS.

Harrison, who will team up alongside David Mirfin and Dan Jones at the heart of the Pools defence at Luton Town, has been named as the FL Young Player of the Month for March.

“He has done well and the award is deserved,” said Moore ahead of tomorrow’s trip to the play-off hopefuls.

“Scott has been a revelation for me

“He can play anywhere, up front or at the back and as a defender he’s done fantastically well.

“It’s credit to him, his family and the coaching staff here that he’s won it.”

The former Sunderland defender joined the Pools at the start of this year and has been in inspired form during their surge for survival.

Creating a strong back three alongside the experienced Mirfin and the club’s academy product Jones, Harrison has also provided a strong attacking option for Moore. The 21-year-old grabbed his side a fourth win on the bounce against Cambridge United, scoring an immaculate second-half volley which lifted the Pools out of the relegation zone.

He was also thrown up front in the Easter Monday clash with Southend and almost engineered a point in a titanic battle.

But it has been his work at the back which has helped turnaround the Pools season.

And Moore paid tribute to the

hard work of assistant coach Sam Collins, a man accustomed to Harrison’s role having amassed 263 games for the club, many as skipper.

“The coaching staff have brought him on and there’s a big future in the game for Scott, no doubt about it,” Moore said.

“Sam’s worked hard with him, he’s a central defender too, probably not as good as Scotty!

“Seriously, he knows all about playing centre-back, credit to Sam, he has done a fabulous job since I’ve been here.”

The announcement of the award gives Pools a nice lift going into the trip to Kenilworth Road.

And also gave the player himself cause for celebration, joking that it was his first since he was a youngster:

“Winning awards makes you proud of what you’re doing,” said the Middlesbrough-born player who was short-listed for the Sky Bet League Two player of the month trophy for March.

“It’s good to be recognised if you’re playing well.

“But I’ve never really won awards before – the last time I did was playing for my Sunday league team.

“It’s massive for me; my family and friends are so proud.

“It’s great to win ahead of players across the Football League who have played unbelievably.”