Moore: Hartlepool United’s ex-Sunderland defender Scott Harrison can be a great striker

Scott Harrison in action for Hartlepool United against Southend United. Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Harrison in action for Hartlepool United against Southend United. Picture by FRANK REID

DON’T expect to see Scott Harrison leading the line for Hartlepool United at York City.

But manager Ronnie Moore insists the young defender, nominated for the League Two player of the month award, has a promising career as a striker.

Hand on heart, I think he can be a striker and a good striker.

Ronnie Moore

Moore sent him from back to front in Easter Monday’s 1-0 home defeat to Southend United and the large & large forward pairing of Harrison and Marlon Harewood caused the Shrimpers all sorts of problems.

The Pools boss is almost certain to pair Jonathan Franks and Jordan Hugill up front at Bootham Crescent, providing the on-loan Preston striker is fit after taking a knock early on against Southend.

But he liked what he saw with Harrison.

“Hand on heart, I think he can be a striker and a good striker,” said Moore, a former striker himself.

“That’s why I changed it [against Southend].

“He’s got good feet, he goes by people.

“Scott has pace and people don’t know what to do with him.

“I believe he has a helluva chance that one day he can go for big, big money as a striker – or as a defender.

“He’s great for us, he gives us something different.”

Harrison is certainly proving his worth for Pools, in all areas.

The 21-year-old, who joined Pools on a permanent deal from Sunderland in January after previous successful loan stints, has been a major force in the team’s revival.

He formed a good central partnership with on-loan David Mirfin and when Moore opted to go with a 3-5-2 formation, the defensive alliance grew to three with Dan Jones joining them.

Harrison has been strong at the back and gave notice of his striker’s instincts by finishing superbly for the winner against Cambridge last month.

The Middlesbrough-born defender’s form has been recognised outside Hartlepool after being nominated for the Sky Bet League Two player of the month for March.

But he faces stiff competition from Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Billy Bingham, Burton keeper Jon McLaughlan and Shrewsbury attacker Bobby Grant.

A judging panel will assess each of the candidates this week with the winner announced on Friday.