Sunderland’s Scott Harrison loving loan spell under Hartlepool Utd boss

Scott Harrison walking over to the dugout before the game against AFC Wimbledon. Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Harrison walking over to the dugout before the game against AFC Wimbledon. Picture by FRANK REID

SCOTT Harrison says he is enjoying every minute of working under Hartlepool United boss Colin Cooper, writes RICHARD MENNEAR

The 20-year-old Sunderland defender has re-joined Pools for a second stint on loan at the club after spending time at Victoria Park towards the back end of last season.

Harrison featured in six matches as the club fought against relegation.

But when loan target Christian Burgess moved permanently from Championship side Middlesbrough to Peterborough United, Cooper was quick to line up another loan deal for Harrison.

The physical centre-half, who has signed on a month-long loan deal initially, admits he had no qualms about returning to Pools and working under Cooper.

“The manager is really good,” said Harrison.

“His training methods are good and the attitude around the place is good - everybody wants to play for him.

“You enjoy it and we want to come in and be a part of it.”

Harrison has been named on the bench for the last two matches, the 2-1 win away at Wimbledon and then the 1-0 last-ditch defeat to Cheltenham Town last Saturday.

Against Neal Ardley’s Dons, Matt Tubbs swept his side into a 10th minute lead but then goals from Charlie Wyke and Marlon Harewood - plus a Scott Flinders penalty save - sealed the win.

It was hoped the manner of the Dons win, which saw Cooper’s side come from a goal behind at half-time, would “kick-start” the season for Pools.

But Cooper’s side were unable to hold on, for what would have been a decent away point, and Koby Arthur headed the winner in the 90th minute.

Harrison said the first three points at Wimbledon had really boosted confidence but admits it is important to string together consecutive wins.

Speaking before the Town defeat, Harrison said: “We want to be winning games regularly, not just winning one and then losing again.

“It is important to win games consecutively.”