Cooper confident of Sunderland youngster’s loan extension

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COLIN Cooper is confident the loan deals of on-loan duo Charlie Wyke and Scott Harrison will be extended next week.

The pair have spent the past month on loan at Hartlepool United, with Sunderland defender Harrison impressing at centre half and Middlesbrough striker excelling up front.

Wyke, who misses the weekend trip to Plymouth Argyle after suffering a head injury at Northampton Town, has scored three goals in his five loan appearances so far.

The 21-year-old opened the scoring on Tuesday and his enforced absence is a major blow to Cooper’s plans. He is being assessed at parent club Middlesbrough and won’t be back training at Maiden Castle until the middle of next week.

Hopes are high though that both loan deals will be extended, expected to be for a further four weeks.

Cooper said: “Hopefully they will be staying and we have put the wheels in motion for both Charlie and Scott.

“Both are good young players and hopefully we can get the extensions agreed.

“Charlie has been terrific and we would love to keep him as long as we can.”

Cooper also remains on the hunt for other loan signings to add both quantity and quality to his Pools squad.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman signed on a month’s loan this week and the 17-year-old will provide cover to Number One Scott Flinders.

That loan deal, which had initially fallen through at the end of last week, was resurrected but the other loan deal that fell through - understood to be 18-year-old Middlesbrough striker Bradley Fewster - has not been.

Cooper said: “I don’t say it tongue in cheek, the phone calls are out there and we are trying to add.

“The two lads that fell through at the end of last week, one of them has been resurrected and we now have young Freddie Woodman in on loan as cover for Scott.

“He is an exciting young keeper.

“The other hasn’t been resurrected and my job is to keep the phone calls going and speak to managers, coaches I know and see what players they have available.

“Hopefully players that can come in and do a job for Hartlepool.

“Whether it is a fresh face or a fresh outlook, just to give us a boost in numbers and quality so we can get some results.”

Meanwhile, the Pools manager has confirmed that former Newcastle United and Norwich City midfielder Matty Pattison, 27, is training with the club.

The South African, who has been playing in his homeland for the past five years, is looking to return to the North East.

Pattison played in a behind-closed doors friendly against a Leeds Academy side on Wednesday but is currently just training with Pools.

Cooper added: “I offered Matty the chance to come and train with us and he played a reserve game this week.

“He has been in South Africa for five years and wants to be home, he has a young family up in Gateshead.

“I just said to him if you want to come and train and tick over and then play a game or two - because he has not done anything since the end of the South African season - then we’ll sit down and have a conversation.

“It is me accommodating someone. He is a good footballer and adds his quality to the training sessions.

“It is training with a view to playing a few games and then we’ll sit down and have a chat.”

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