Burgess and Dolan developing at Victoria Park

The Northern Echo: BACK TO BORO: Matty Dolan, pictured scoring against AFC Wimbledon, has returned to the Riverside after a loan spell at Victoria Park BACK TO BORO: Matty Dolan, pictured scoring against AFC Wimbledon, has returned to the Riverside after a loan spell at Victoria Park

COLIN COOPER feels a double loan arrangement between Hartlepool United and Middlesbrough is of benefit to both parties.
Boro’s former Under-18 coach returned to his old club to land Christian Burgess and Matty Dolan on loan, with both players enjoying regular first-team football in League Two.
There’s every likelihood the pair would be consigned to Under-21 games if they had stayed at Boro, rather than go on loan to Victoria Park, where they have become mainstays of the side.
Burgess has extended his loan until the end of the season after it expired on December 31. Dolan’s loan is officially up, but he’s expected to stay at and sign again in time to face Rochdale at Victoria Park on Saturday.
“Christian has been good, he’s enjoying it and I think Middlesbrough understand what we are doing,’’ said Cooper. “He has come on leaps and bounds and he is still a student - he is still doing a history degree at Teesside University while playing football.
“He’s had 18 months as a professional footballer since moving to Middlesbrough, finding his feet. He’s has six months regular football here and that’s brought him on, no doubt about it.
“But because of who is he, and what he is, ups and downs are part of a career. We are providing him with an opportunity here to build a career and he’s not had that so far.’’
Dolan was man of the match at Chesterfield on Boxing Day and is relishing the chance to play for his hometown club.
“Matty is the same, he’s had one loan spell away from Middlesbrough so far and this is a chance for him to progress with regular, first-team football,’’ added Cooper.
“It’s a different game to development and academy football and I think we are providing an excellent service to Middlesbrough with those two players and I would like it to continue.’’
Injured duo Jack Compton (calf) and Jordan Richards (hernia) have returned to training. Compton was injured in the Boxing Day draw at Chesterfield, while Richards had surgery in December.
Meanwhile, a Pools side goes to Consett this evening in the Durham Challenge Cup.

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10:57am Wed 8 Jan 14

cromwell1599 says...

I was speaking to one of Christian Burgess tutors a month or so ago and he commented what a nice lad he was and how well he was doing, so it's good to know that in the unlikely event that his football careeer doesn't take off he will have a good education to fall back on, although from what I've seen of him at Pools this season his football career looks very bright indeed. We are so lucky to have some excellent young players this season in Luke James, Christian Burgess, Matty Dolan and Michael Duckworth who have all become regulars fitting in well with the more experienced members of the side, with the addition of a decent striker I could certainly see a play off place, even if promotion is not achieved this season we would have the makings of a very formidable side for next year if we canhold on to the youngsters. Colin Cooper and Craig Hignett deserve praise for doing what they have managed to achieve so far on a very limited budget.
I was speaking to one of Christian Burgess tutors a month or so ago and he commented what a nice lad he was and how well he was doing, so it's good to know that in the unlikely event that his football careeer doesn't take off he will have a good education to fall back on, although from what I've seen of him at Pools this season his football career looks very bright indeed. We are so lucky to have some excellent young players this season in Luke James, Christian Burgess, Matty Dolan and Michael Duckworth who have all become regulars fitting in well with the more experienced members of the side, with the addition of a decent striker I could certainly see a play off place, even if promotion is not achieved this season we would have the makings of a very formidable side for next year if we canhold on to the youngsters. Colin Cooper and Craig Hignett deserve praise for doing what they have managed to achieve so far on a very limited budget. cromwell1599

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