HARTLEPOOL United midfielder Matty Dolan says he is thankful to his parent club Middlesbrough for allowing him to continue playing on-loan at his hometown team.
Colin Cooper reached an agreement with neighbours Boro yesterday morning to secure the services of the talented midfielder until Saturday, January 4.
Hartlepool-born Dolan, who lined up in the centre of midfield against Bury in last night’s 1-0 defeat at Gigg Lane, said he is “happy” to get his situation sorted.
The 20-year-old, who has made 17 appearances, said: “It is what I wanted to do.
“I spoke to the gaffer after Saturday’s game and Middlesbrough knew what they wanted to do.
“It was just a case of sorting it out and I’m happy to have got it done because I want to keep playing football for my hometown.
“I was very thankful for Middlesbrough letting me do that.
“I just want to get my head down until January 4 and I want to help Pools in as many games as I can.”
Dolan has already spent three months with his hometown club and has played an integral role in the transformation of Cooper’s team.
He has formed a highly-effective central combination with Simon Walton and Cooper is delighted to have retained the Boro product.
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Cooper said: “I’m pleased we’ve managed to secure Matthew for another month.
“It was a late decision yesterday but we will have Matty now until January 4, which will be either the Southend United game or the Third Round of the FA Cup
“We have it down as Southend away but it would lovely if it was the FA Cup.”
Dolan was disappointed with last night’s result and performance and feels as though Pools were “dragged” into a long-ball game.
He said: “It was a very disappointing result and game really.
“They were a long ball side and we got dragged into it, which was a shame given the passing game we have been playing recently.
“We were dragged, not down to their level, but into a long-ball game and it didn’t really suit us.
“Nil nil would have been a fair result.
“We didn’t concede a great goal but it was hard to get back in with them playing long and us not as being as fluent as we have been.
“But if everyone is honest then we didn’t play our best.
“It is how we bounce back though and hopefully we will get our fluent style of play back against Portsmouth on Saturday.”