SCOTT Fenwick is just what Hartlepool United need in order to get out of trouble, according to Sam Collins.
The 37-year-old player- coach has been impressed with the instant impact Fenwick has made at Pools since signing a permanent deal from non-league Dunston UTS.
Fenwick has made two appearances so far, scoring on his full debut in last weekend’s 3-1 home defeat to York City – a game which left Pools stranded at the bottom of the Football League.
Collins said the dire situation calls for people who are willing to fight and Gateshead-born Fenwick fits that bill.
“Scott, on his full debut, did really well,” said Collins.
“I said to him afterwards that he will never forget that day, regardless of the result, it was a massive day for him.
“He is a real fighter, who will score goals.
“Scott is just what we need – he wants to fight and have a go and he is very keen to do well.”
Collins, along with manager Paul Murray and the rest of the coaching staff, have all been impressed with his instinct in the penalty area.
The former Civil Engineer, who spent time in Newcastle and Sunderland’s academies as a youngster, was prolific in the Northern League for Dunston UTS and previous club Durham City.
So far he has grabbed his opportunity at a shot in league football with both hands after Pools beat off competition from other clubs to secure Fenwick on a permanent deal.
Collins believes the youngster could be “massive” for the club this season.
“He knows where the goal is – he is in the middle of the six-yard box for his goal against York because he knows where to be,” added the player-coach.
“He is a big positive for us at the moment and we will look after him and get him fitter.
“There’s a lot to learn, but he could be massive for us.”
Fenwick, who was partnered with Marlon Harewood against the Minstermen, is set to lead the line again tomorrow when league leaders Wycombe Wanderers visit Victoria Park.
Collins added: “Wycombe are up next and we have to look forward, we have to learn from mistakes, prepare as well as we can and be ready for it.
“It is not going to be pretty football that gets us out of this situation, it is people who want to fight and win, and who are determined.
“We need people that are going to throw their head in front of a brick wall.”