Pools star Scott Harrison has been rewarded for his fine performances by being named as the Football League’s Young Player of the Month for March.
The 21-year-old has scooped the award – which covers players that play in all three divisions – after some dominating displays during Pools’ fight for survival at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two.
Harrison played a starring role for Pools as four consecutive wins during March helped lift the Club out of the bottom two for the first time since October.
As well as helping Ronnie Moore’s men to three clean sheets, the whole-hearted centre-back has also been a threat in attack and scored his first-ever goal to clinch a 2-1 win over Cambridge United.
“He’s been fantastic for the last five or six weeks,” said boss Moore.
“When we’ve been on a good run he’s been our best player. He knows what football is about, he’s been there and seen it.
“I think he’s good enough – if he keeps learning the role and takes on board what Sam (Collins) and I are teaching him – to play at the top level.”
David Wetherall, Head of Youth Development at the Football League, commented: “From the non-league at 16, a Premier League club at 17 and now a Football League regular at 21, Scott has had experiences that will stand him in great stead as his professional career develops.
“On the pitch, Scott has shown a maturity beyond his years with some accomplished performances in the heart of Hartlepool’s defence.”
Each month the accolade is awarded by The Football League to the young player who has made the most significant contribution and impact in First Team football.