CHARLIE Wyke admits it was an “easy” decision to come back to Hartlepool United but he is hoping for a more successful spell this time around.
The Middlesbrough striker spent time on loan at Pools two years ago as John Hughes’ side headed towards relegation from League One.
But the 21-year-old is now back at Victoria Park and is looking to show the fans the improved Charlie Wyke from the raw youngster they watched last time.
He started off well enough, nodding home the equaliser from close in against Wimbledon on Saturday, before strike-partner Marlon Harewood completed the turn around to secure the club’s first win of the season.
Confident Wyke looked far stronger, composed and more of a goal threat against the Dons – a side he played for last season during a loan spell at Kingsmeadow.
“It was an easy decision to come back,” revealed the Boro-born striker. “I loved my time here last time even though we got relegated and that obviously wasn’t a particularly happy time for the club.
“But I am delighted to be back. Hopefully we will be further up the table than last time.”
Wyke, who has been given the Number 24 shirt at Pools, has arrived on a one-month loan deal initially.
He made 26 appearances in the 2012-13 League One campaign, scoring twice, but he was in his teens then and playing in a struggling Pools side.
The 21-year-old is confident he has developed into a more rounded player.
“I feel I am a different Charlie Wyke because I now have two years worth of experience,” he told SportMail. “I know I haven’t scored many goals but it is coming.
“Even in pre-season I have been better and stronger and I am looking to get as many as I can for Hartlepool United and to play well.”
Wyke believes last year’s loan spell at Wimbledon –when he helped the Dons to a 2-1 win over Pools in January after coming on as a substitute – has helped his progression.
He spent three months at Kingsmeadow last year scoring twice in 17 games for the Wombles.
Wyke told SportMail: “I have worked hard this pre-season, harder than I ever have before and I feel a lot better and more comfortable in my own body.
“Hopefully this will be a good season for me.
“In the match last season I came on in the secondhalf and played against Jack Baldwin and Christian Burgess and that was a tough game but Colin Cooper must have been impressed and took me out on loan this year.
“It was hard last season, as a 20-year-old moving away from home.
“But I enjoyed my time down at Wimbledon and they all treated me very well.
“I guess that is just part of being a professional footballer.
“You can’t stay at the same club all of your career, at some point you will have to move on to another club somewhere else.
“It is about gaining that experience, getting used to it and I am prepared to do it.”
He has certainly started well and supporters will be hoping he maintains his good form for the weekend trip to Cheltenham Town in Sky Bet League Two.