CHARLIE Wyke admits it was an “easy” decision to go back to Hartlepool United but he is hoping for a more successful spell this time round.
The 21-year-old spent time on loan at Pools two years ago as John Hughes’ side headed towards relegation from League One.
But the Middlesbrough striker is now back at Victoria Park and is looking to show the fans he has improved from the raw youngster they watched last time round.
He started off well enough, nodding home the equaliser from two yards out against Wimbledon on Saturday, before strike-partner Marlon Harewood completed the turn-around to secure the club’s first win of the season.
Confident Wyke looked far stronger, composed and more of a goal threat against the Dons - a side he played for last season during a loan spell at Kingsmeadow.
“It was an easy decision to come back to Hartlepool,” revealed the Boro-born striker.
“I loved my time here last time even though we got relegated and that obviously wasn’t a particularly happy time for the club.
“But I am delighted to be back.
“It is only round the corner from where I live and hopefully we will be further up the table than last time.”
Wyke, who has been given the Number 24 shirt at Pools, has arrived on a one-month loan deal initially.
Last time round, he made 26 appearances in the 2012-13 League One campaign, scoring just twice.
But he was in his teens then and playing in a struggling Pools side and Wyke is confident he has developed into a more rounded player.
Wyke also believes last year’s loan spell at Wimbledon - where he helped the Dons to a 2-1 win over Pools in January after coming on as a substitute - has helped his progression.
He spent three months at Kingsmeadow last year, scoring twice in 17 games.
Wyke added: “I have worked hard this pre-season, harder than I ever have before, and I feel a lot better and more comfortable in my own body.
“Hopefully this will be a good season for me.
“It was hard last season, as a 20-year-old moving away from home. But I enjoyed my time down at Wimbledon and they all treated me very well.
“I feel I am a different Charlie Wyke because I now have two years’ worth of experience. I know I haven’t scored many goals but it is coming.”
Pools are away to Cheltenham Town in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday.