Craig Harrison was delighted with the addition of St Johnstone defender Keith Watson to his squad ahead of Saturday’s game with AFC Fylde.
Harrison admitted the 27-year-old defender, who has joined on loan until January, will add something extra to his squad,
“Definitely, without a doubt it is something we have been a little bit lacking,” Harrison told hartlepoolunited.co.uk.
“It is something we have tried to get along the way but hadn’t managed to get until now.
“We have got someone who has played at a very good level, he’s a good age and has over 200 SPL appearances and Europa League experience with Dundee United. I am delighted, it is something we needed, we have been a bit light on defenders.”
And Harrison confirmed that Louis Laing will definitely be missing this weekend with a hamstring injury so the arrival of a new defender was important,
“Louis Laing got injured on Saturday so he is going to be out for 2-3 weeks. We’ve had the report from his scan today and he has a Grade I hamstring injury.
“So we need to try and strengthen our back four and obviously Keith has done that and I am really pleased with his signing.
“Keith has everything, he’s a good footballer, has good experience and he’s a leader, which is something we have been looking for as we maybe had a little bit of a shortage of leading up the games up to now.”