Hartlepool confirm interest in signing Sunderland defender Harrison

Scott Harrison in action against Southend United. Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Harrison in action against Southend United. Picture by FRANK REID
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HARTLEPOOL United boss Ronnie Moore has confirmed Sunderland defender Scott Harrison is training with the club ahead of a possible deal.

As revealed by SportMail, Pools are keen to tie the 21-year-old down to a permanent contract after two successful loan spells.

New manager Moore is assessing Harrison at the club’s Maiden Castle training base, in Durham, before proceeding when the January transfer window opens on the 1st.

Moore has confirmed he is looking to bring a total of four new players into the club as close to the 1st as possible.

As well as bringing Harrison in, adding experience to the centre of defence is a key priority for the Pools boss as well as adding to his midfield and striking options.

Moore told SportMail: “I don’t know Scotty, I haven’t seen an awful lot of him but he has played here before.

“He is in for a few days so I can make an assessment.

“If he comes through that then we can proceed with bringing him in.

“But we are looking for experience too.”

Pools have also been strongly linked with Colchester United’s Latvian defender Kaspars Gorkss, 33, and he would fit the bill of adding height and experience to the back, with 66 international caps to his name.

Moore distanced the club from Gorkss this morning but he is only on a short-term contract until January at the U’s and a deal could still be struck.

Moore should be able to call on right-back Michael Duckworth with the full-blooded defender having trained at Maiden Castle this week following a groin strain.

He has been missing since limping off in the home defeat to York City in November.

Brad Walker, meanwhile, who missed the weekend draw with Oxford United, has trained after a niggling knee injury and Tommy Miller could be set for a return against Morecambe after a long-standing calf problem.

The 35-year-old hasn’t played since the end of October and his next appearance will be the 600th of his career.

Winger Jack Compton, who has just returned from knee surgery, has been sent home with a stomach upset but Moore is still hopeful to be able to call on him over the next two matches.