Tshibola and Bingham have added quality to Hartlepool United says Sunderland defender

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

SCOTT Harrison believes fellow loan signings Aaron Tshibola and Rakish Bingham have added real quality to the Hartlepool United squad, writes Richard Mennear.

The trio signed on loan at Pools on the same day with all three thrown straight into manager Ronnie Moore’s starting line-up for the games against Wycombe Wanderers and Cheltenham Town.

It is Sunderland defender Harrison’s third loan spell at the club and he has already told SportMail he is keen to make it a permanent switch.

For Reading midfield powerhouse Tshibola and Mansfield Town striker Bingham it is their first taste of life at Victoria Park and Harrison says they have both settled in well.

The 21-year-old believes they have also helped raise standards, which was reflected in the 2-0 win over Cheltenham.

Harrison told SportMail: “I have obviously been here before so it was easier for me to settle in but the two new lads have settled in and are doing really well.

“Quality wise they are both good players, you can see that in the way they use the ball and it has helped raise the standards at the club.

“Having new faces in the team always helps others to improve their game and they are both quality players too, which obviously helps.”

Pools clawed the gap to safety back to seven points with their first win in 13 matches and Harrison is adamant the belief remains they can escape relegation to the Conference.

He added: “There are plenty of games left to play this season and I believe we will get out of it and so does the rest of the team.

“We don’t really talk about it to be honest, we just focus on the next game.”

The deal to bring Harrison back to Pools had been done before Moore took charge and the manager was keen to see him in action before sanctioning the deal.

The Middlesbrough-born central defender has since formed a formidable partnership alongside Dan Jones – against Cheltenham the pair helped to keep the club’s first league clean sheet in three months – and he is enjoying life under Moore.

“I have enjoyed working under Ronnie,” added Harrison.

“He can be very serious but at other times he has a laugh.

“You certainly know what he wants!”

l TICKETS for the back-to-back away games at Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere Rovers are on sale now from the Victoria Park ticket office, in Clarence Road.

Pools have been handed an initial allocation of 300 for Saturday’s trip to Shrewsbury.

Prices are adults £20, over 65s £15, students £14, juniors (16 and under) £14.

They will remain available until 3pm on Thursday, after which they will also be on sale from the turnstiles prior to kick-off at Greenhous Meadow.

Meanwhile, Pools have been given an initial 100 tickets for the trip to Tranmere on Saturday, January 24.

Prices are adults £15, seniors (65 and over) £9, young persons (17-22) £9, under 17s £6.