AS Hartlepool United make themselves at home in League Two, Jamie Sterry is also making himself feel very comfortable in the fourth tier of English football.

The defender signed a two-year extension after spending the second half of last season at Victoria Park and it’s a decision that is looking more beneficial for Pools as the games go on.

Sterry bagged his first goal in a Pools shirt at the weekend netting the decider in a 1-0 win over Bristol Rovers which extended their winning home run to four matches.

Pools away form doesn’t quite match with two defeats from two and they are on the road again tomorrow evening when they make the trip to South London to face Sutton United, who were promoted alongside Pools.

Sterry told BBC Radio Tees Sport: “I’m loving it more this year being in the league.

“Last year I did love my football and I loved the year but I didn’t love the league. This year I feel like, with my mind coach that I work with all the time, that I can step up. I feel like I’ve went up another level playing in the league this season.

“Because some of the games we played against, obviously last year, opponents which aren’t great and you try and get the best out of yourself and that’s hard.

“The level is down and sometimes you lose a little bit of concentration. Obviously I want to do as well as I can but I want to play as high as I can and I know that I’ve still got more to come.

“If I can keep pushing and working on myself every day then I should get there.

“That’s what I’m trying to improve in myself, to have a bigger voice because as a team, we are really nice to each other.

“I’m not horrible, I don’t slag anyone off or whatever but I’m trying to help each other as much as I can because I’ve got a bit of football knowledge so I can help that.

“I’ve got high standards in everything, even at the club with what I want and where I want people to be. I just want it to be the best and that I can perform the best.

“It’s been great, especially in the step back up to the league. A lot of things do change.

“Especially the training ground where we are at now is good and that is a massive part because you’re in there every single day. Especially when it turns to winter, not being in cabins like we were last season. I like high standards because I set myself high standards and I’ve just got to keep pushing on.”