Best still to come, insists former Sunderland defender Harrison

Hartlepool United's former Sunderland defender, Scott Harrison

Hartlepool United's former Sunderland defender, Scott Harrison

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Former Sunderland defender Scott Harrison insists his best is yet to come – despite being crowned Hartlepool United’s Player of the Year.

The 21-year-old played a key role as Pools pulled off an unlikely escape from dropping into the Conference.

And he believes he has reaped the benefits of playing league football every week since joining on a permanent deal from the Black Cats in January.

Stockton-born Harrison, who signed an 18-month contract, said: “I have developed a lot as a player since arriving at the club.

“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 that 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 Amble-born 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.