Ex-Sunderland defender Harrison pledges to help Hartlepool United avoid further nightmare scenarios

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PLAYER of the Year Scott Harrison says the Hartlepool United players don’t EVER want to go so close to falling out of the Football League again.

Pools survived relegation from Sky Bet League Two with a game to spare after a long season of turmoil, which saw the club spend five months at the bottom of the league.

But Ronnie Moore’s inspired Pools side managed to claw back a 10 point gap to safety to go into the final game of the season at Carlisle United four points above the drop zone.

It has been an incredible turnaround but Harrison, tipped for greatness by Moore, says nobody ever wants to see the club flirt so closely with relegation again.

And he says the Pools squad are all just looking forward to the final game of the season, and one they can enjoy, for once this campaign.

Harrison said: “None of us want to be anywhere near this sort of position again.

“We were at the bottom of the league for so long and struggling every week.

“Thankfully we got the four wins in March and that helped us no end.

“We fought our way out [of the relegation zone] and should have really pushed on from there earlier than we did but we didn’t, [until Exeter].”

The 21-year-old former Sunderland defender picked up the Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Year awards on the pitch at Victoria Park before the Exeter City game kicked off.

His manager presented him with the awards and afterwards Moore said Harrison is good enough to grace the Premier League one day.

Modest Harrison is keeping his feet on the ground and looking forward to the trip to play Keith Curle’s Carlisle United, where he will be doing battle with former Pools loanee Charlie Wyke.

The former Middlesbrough striker, who spent two loan spells at Victoria Park over the past two seasons, penned a permanent contract with the Blues in January.

Harrison, though, is just relieved there is nothing riding on the game.

“It is still a big game because it is Carlisle away,” he added.

“But we didn’t want to be going there on the last day looking for a result.

“That is not something anyone would enjoy doing.

“There will always be a rivalry between the two clubs and even though they were safe, they would still have been bang up for the game, either way and they would have wanted to put us down.

“It is a massive game though.”