Wyke’s best is yet to come for Hartlepool Utd

Charlie Wyke in action against Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID
Charlie Wyke in action against Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID

IN-FORM Charlie Wyke is “delighted” to have extended his stay at Hartlepool United and he has a warning to rival defences - his best is yet to come.

After an initial month, the 21-year-old recently agreed to stay at Pools on loan from Championship neighbours Middlesbrough for a further two months.

And he is looking forward to scoring more goals and helping Pools climb the Sky Bet League Two table.

The loan deal will see Wyke, who has scored three goals in six appearances, remain until after the game with York City on Saturday, November 22.

The Middlesbrough-born forward returned to the Pools first team for the goalless draw with Portsmouth after missing the match at Plymouth Argyle with concussion.

But he is now back playing and enjoying every second.

“I am delighted to have the deal extended, “ Wyke told SportMail.

“I look forward to keep doing what I have been doing - playing games and hopefully scoring more goals and picking up points.

“I am pleased with the form, but it is all about keeping that going and improving every week.

“But I feel good every game I play and I am enjoying my time here.”

Wyke has been the focal point of a struggling Pools side, that is currently sitting 22nd in League Two after winning just two matches from their opening 10 fixtures.

Under pressure boss Colin Cooper described the start as “nowhere near good enough” ahead of the weekend visit of Carlisle United.

Despite the disappointing start, Wyke - who suffered a nasty cut to his left eye against Pompey - is adamant the spirit in the camp remains good.

He just hopes he can continue to play his part in helping Pools climb the league and maintain his goalscoring form.

Wyke added: “Consistency, at my age, is important and I hope that continues.

“I have scored some good goals and I want to keep that going.

“I am loving my time here, there is a good spirit at the club and on the training ground.

“I get on well with everyone, it is a great club.”

This current loan spell is Wyke’s second at Pools, he spent time on loan two years ago as John Hughes’ side headed towards relegation from League One, making 26 appearances in the 2012-13 campaign, scoring twice.

He has developed from a raw teenager into a stronger, more composed centre forward who is finding the net on a more regular basis.

What Cooper would give for Wyke to add to his three goals this weekend when Keith Curle’s Carlisle visit The Vic.

- RICHARD MENNEAR