COLIN Cooper has revealed an agreement is in place with Middlesbrough to secure the services of on-loan duo Matty Dolan and Christian Burgess until the end of the season.
Details are yet to be finalised, but Cooper and his assistant Craig Hignett recently met with Middlesbrough chief executive Neil Bausor to discuss the pair’s short-term future.
Midfielder Dolan, 20, and central defender Burgess, 22, are both set to start against Morecambe on Sunday in Pools’ next Sky Bet League Two fixture.
But as things stand Dolan – who was superb in the 1-1 draw away to Chesterfield – is eligible to play against Bury on New Year’s Day while Burgess is not.
Cooper though, is hoping to have longer term loan deals sewn up for the pair before the game against the Shakers.
Trimdon-born Cooper said: “Myself and Craig had a meeting with the chief executive last Monday and we just need to finalise things.
“Matty we can have until after Bury while Christian cannot play against Bury unless we get it sorted before hand.
“Middlesbrough have told me they are quite happy for us to do it, but it is just a case of dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s and making sure everything is down on paper before the Bury game.
“But we are OK time wise.
“The main thing is that having had the conversation with Middlesbrough they have agreed that we can have them both until the end of the season but the details are to be finalised.”
Both players were again outstanding against top-of-the-table Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium yesterday afternoon, with Dolan securing a point for Pools thanks to a well-taken 48th minute penalty.
And Cooper reserved special praise for Dolan’s overall performance.
The 46-year-old said: “Matty’s performance was excellent, he was on the front foot and calm in possession.
“He showed a lot of confidence to take the penalty and showed some great touches, had a couple of shots and scraped the outside of the post.
“It was his best performance in a Hartlepool shirt so I am really pleased for Matty.”
Indeed, Cooper was pleased with the overall performance by his Pools players, who again had to come back from a goal down to get something from the game.
Cooper said: “On the whole the performance was excellent.
“I thought we were back to playing some really nice football through the team.
“The lads who ended up having to come onto the pitch for one reason or another helped the team out enormously and the energy and work rate was very good.
“On the whole, we have given the league leaders a pretty good game and played some very good football to the point where their manager has had some very nice things to say about the way we play.
“We do keep asking though why is it we keep allowing teams to get in front.
“Every time we have got our noses in front we have gone on to win the game and we have to find a way back to that as quickly as possible.
“We have shown a lot of character but there is much more to see in the dressing room.”