Bradford City’s ex-Middlesbrough midfielder Matty Dolan a crucial signing for Hartlepool United

OPPONENTS AND NOW COLLEAGUES:  Matty Dolan in action for Bradford against Tommy Miller (left)  in pre-season. Picture by FRANK REID
OPPONENTS AND NOW COLLEAGUES: Matty Dolan in action for Bradford against Tommy Miller (left) in pre-season. Picture by FRANK REID
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PAUL Murray has made his EIGHTH signing for Hartlepool United with the return of midfielder Matty Dolan on loan.

The 21-year-old has joined from League One Bradford City until the end of December and is expected to go straight into the team for the visit of Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow (KO 3pm).

Pools had been keeping tabs on Hartlepool-born Dolan for several weeks and their interest hotted up when Bantams boss Phil Parkinson made him available ahead of the emergency loan window closing at 5pm last night.

Murray was busy making phone calls at the training ground yesterday as he looked to further bolster his options.

He succeeded in bringing in Dolan, who becomes the eighth player, either on loan or short-term contracts, brought in since the end of October.

It is Dolan’s second spell at Pools after spending the first half of last season here under then boss Colin Cooper, scoring two goals in 25 appearances.

“He knows the club, has been here before, and is obviously from the area and wants to do well,” Murray told SportMail.

The manager has opted to bring him back to strengthen the central midfield area, with Tommy Miller still missing with a calf injury that has kept him out for the past four weeks.

Murray told SportMail: “I am delighted to get Matty into the club on a loan deal.

“I have been after a left-footer for a while and Matty certainly fits that bill and is dangerous from set-pieces.

“I spoke with him and he was really keen to come here and do well for us, which was music to my ears.

“He is very eager to help us climb the league.

“I want players who want to play for this club and I am confident it will prove a good signing for us.”

Murray also revealed he had two loan deals in the pipeline, the other being a striker but it fell through at the last hurdle.

The Pools chief, who is still keen to add another forward to his ranks, added: “I had two loan deals lined up – Matty and one other but the other fell through at the last hurdle.

“He was a striker but I was still pleased to get one through the door before the loan window shut.”

Dolan is dangerous from dead-ball situations and was a popular figure at the Vic last season until parent club Boro recalled him in January.

He was then shipped out on loan to the Bantams for the remainder of last season before going on to sign for them permanently.

Dolan has made only nine appearances for Parkinson’s side this term and has struggled to break into their starting line-up in recent weeks.

But Dolan, who will wear number 15, won’t be allowed to play against Blyth Spartans in the second round of the FA Cup.

He came on in the final few minutes of Bradford’s 2-1 win over Halifax Town in the first round and is therefore cup-tied.

The revolving door at Pools has been busy with goalkeeper Jon Maxted, midfielders Nicky Featherstone and Sidney Schmeltz and striker Scott Fenwick all signing permanent deals.

Meanwhile Newcastle United striker Adam Campbell, Sheffield United forward Joe Ironside and Italian defender Matteo Lanzoni have all signed on loan.

Pools now have four loan players, the maximum that can be named in a match day squad is five, and they won’t be allowed to loan any more until the January transfer window.

The side is still short of cover at centre back but free agents remain an option to Murray in the coming weeks.