Sunderland defender fired up to win permanent deal at Hartlepool United

Scott Harrison
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SCOTT Harrison is relishing being back at Hartlepool United for a third loan spell and is working hard to make it a permanent one.

The deal to bring the Sunderland defender back had already been agreed before Ronnie Moore was handed the task of keeping Pools up when he arrived in December.

But before he would sanction the loan deal until the end of the season Moore was keen to see the 21-year-old in action.

He must have impressed with what he saw on the training ground as the move was confirmed and Harrison was thrown straight into the starting line-up for last weekend’s trip to Wycombe Wanderers.

Harrison, playing alongside Dan Jones, impressed despite the 1-0 defeat and he admitted he has been working extra hard to make an impression on the new boss.

“I am pleased to be back as it is good to be back playing and training with the boys,” Harrison said.

“It is far better being here than playing in the reserves with Sunderland.

“But it has been tough and there is always an added bit of pressure when somebody doesn’t know you.

“You feel as though you have to work doubly hard but it is just a case of getting your head down and doing the work.

“Hopefully, I have impressed the manager.

“We were on the back foot at Wycombe for the majority of the game but we defended well and got a few chances to score and it was an improvement from us, definitely.

“I think me and Dan [Jones] did well, talking throughout the match and working together.

“I don’t think there were any major problems and we looked like a strong unit.

“I have had a few partners during my loan spells but they are all good players.

“When you train together you get to know each other and it isn’t too hard to adjust and play with each other because we are all quite similar.”

The Middlesbrough-born centre-half is a popular figure among the Pools camp and he was keen to return for his third loan spell.

Former boss Colin Cooper first brought Harrison to the club towards the end of last season and he impressed alongside Sam Collins, who is now the club’s assistant manager under Moore.

Cooper was always keen to bring him back and he arrived for a three-month spell in August but he had to return to Sunderland in late November after reaching the end of his 93-day youth loan.

He is back now though and can see a permanent future at the club.

Harrison added: “I can see my future here, definitely.

“I will see how the loan spell goes and if I am doing well to be offered anything from here.

“If not, I will just see what happens.”