Scott Harrison insists his best is yet to come – despite being crowned Hartlepool United’s Player of the Year.
The 21-year-old – awarded Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Year for 2014-15 – played a key role as Hartlepool United pulled off an unlikely escape from dropping into the Conference.
I can take an awful lot from this season into the futureScott Harrsion
And he believes he has reaped the benefits of playing league football every week since joining on a permanent deal from Premier League neighbours Sunderland.
Harrison had enjoyed two loan spells at League Two Pools before Ronnie Moore made it permanent on transfer deadline day in January.
The double award winner hasn’t looked back since, quickly establishing himself as a first team regular alongside Dan Jones and David Mirfin in a back three.
Stockton-born Harrison, who signed an 18-month contract, has been touted as a future captain by Moore, who has also considered playing the centre-back up front.
For now Harrison is enjoying a well-earned break and looking forward to contributing even more ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.
“I have developed a lot as a player since arriving at the club,” Harrison told SportMail.
“Playing first team football every week against men is far better than playing against people your own age all the time in the U21 league.
“There is no comparison really and it can only help my development.
“The experiences I have had, good and bad, have been amazing.
“I also feel a lot stronger physically, stronger within myself, which is good and that can only help me too.
“I can take an awful lot from this season into the future.”
Meanwhile, reports in Peterborough suggest former Pools striker Luke James is looking for a loan move to a side closer to home.
James skipped a couple of days training before finally securing his £500,000 move to Posh on deadline day in August, signing a four-year deal.
The 20-year-old has struggled for form and goals since leaving Pools and was transfer listed at the end of the season.
Given the way he left Pools a return would seem unlikely.
But reports suggest he is interested in a move back to the North East, although, with Posh unlikely to get much of their investment back, the club are leaning towards loaning him out in the hope he rediscovers some form.