Luke Williams – Playing for Hartlepool Utd is ‘massive’

Luke Williams in action against Scunthorpe. Picture by FRANK REID
Luke Williams in action against Scunthorpe. Picture by FRANK REID

LUKE Williams’ loan move to Hartlepool United is a “massive step” in his career and one he intends making the most of.

The exciting 20-year-old forward is loving his time at the Sky Bet League Two club, his first loan away from parent club Middlesbrough, and he insists it is important to be playing regular first team football.

Williams hopes by playing well, week-in, week-out, word will get back to Boro boss Aitor Karanka and says that is all he can do during his month-long loan at Pools.

He has a total of 33 career appearances under his belt, including three matches at Pools so far, and he said it was important to get some first-team experience away from the Riverside.

“This loan move is a massive step in my career,” said Williams.

“It has come to the point where I need to be playing games and that is all I’m bothered about really, enjoying my football and doing well for myself.

“There was quite a few in the same boat at Boro, the squad was massive and we had 25 players training every day and there is a few others who have also gone out on loan.

“I am happy playing my football at Hartlepool and I need to make sure the gaffer will hear stories about me playing well, that is all I can do really.”

Williams, an England youth international, has also revealed that it was Hartlepool-born midfielder Matty Dolan who encouraged him to sign for Colin Cooper’s Pools.

Boro’s Dolan, who is expected to join Bradford City on loan this week, spent four months at The Vic earlier this season, playing 25 times before being recalled to the Championship side.

Williams, from the Teesville are of Middlesbrough, added: “I spoke to Matty, who came through the ranks

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at the Boro Academy with me from the Under-9s to the first team, and we are really good friends.

“He told me how good it was at Pools and how much that I’d enjoy it.”

The forward, who has excelled in the Number 10 role at Pools, playing behind the strikers in his three appearances so far, also knows defender Christian Burgess well.

Essex-born Burgess, a part-time history student at Teesside University, is half-way through a season-long loan at The Vic.

Williams added: “I know Christian as well, he came into Boro a couple of years ago and is a really good lad as well.

“He is a bit boring for me but I get on with him alright, he spends too much time in the library,” joked Williams.