COLIN Cooper has hailed the impact committed defender Scott Harrison has made to his Hartlepool United team since arriving on loan.
The 21-year-old is back at Pools on an initial month-long loan from Sunderland amid hopes that will be extended.
And Cooper cannot speak highly enough of the no-nonsense centre-half who would “head a fridge”!
Harrison’s heading is certainly impressive; he helped set up Charlie Wyke’s opener against Shrewsbury Town recently with a booming header forward.
But he has far more to his game including a decent range of passing, the ability to bring the ball out from the back while also putting his body in where it hurts.
Cooper is more than happy to give him a run of games in league football - along with on-loan Boro duo Wyke and Ryan Brobbel - and said he is impressed with the partnership Harrison is forming with club captain, Matthew Bates.
“All I am doing is giving these players an opportunity to play league football,” said Cooper, whose side visit Northampton Town tonight.
“They can play at this level and have the technicality and the physicality to do so. Scott would head a fridge - no two ways about that. That is proper heading and you just don’t see people head the ball that way anymore.
“For a 21-year-old he should be overjoyed he has that ability because it isn’t in football any more, in my opinion.
“He has good feet and can pass the ball and is calm at certain times but it is also about making good decisions at centre-half. What you see with Matthew Bates is very different, he is very calm and never gets flustered.
“They have a nice little relationship and on the back of that we have Sam Collins in the background who helps and talks.
“Scott doesn’t have a bad group of people helping him, both here and at Sunderland.”
Northampton, who escaped from relegation in the final weeks of last season, are currently ninthth in League Two with 11 points from their opening seven matches.
Cooper could bring Marlon Harewood back into the starting line-up in place of Jonathan Franks, who struggled to have an impact in the goalless draw with Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.
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