Hartlepool United’s Cooper keen on loan stars

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HARTLEPOOL United boss Colin Cooper insists he would love to see the return of several loan players who impressed this season.

Pools’ first team squad was bolstered this campaign by on-loan Middlesbrough defender Christian Burgess, Sunderland duo Connor Oliver and Scott Harrison and Manchester United forward Jack Barmby, who all enjoyed fine spells.

Cooper said: “I’m very pleased with the kind of young player that Hartlepool produces. But I have to say that the lads we have had on loan this season from Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Manchester United have all done themselves and their clubs a great deal of credit.

“I wouldn’t hesitate in having any of them back here next season. But what I also have to do is try and cement the players that are here, to make them better and make them more hungry.”