Hartlepool United: Colin Cooper tips Luke Williams for success

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper has tipped the on-loan Luke Williams for a bright future in the game.

The 20-year-old forward joined Pools in January having started just once in 12 months for parent club Middlesbrough.

I know the management at Middlesbrough like Luke, so they might decide to bring him back

Colin Cooper on extending Luke Williams' loan

He has scored twice in six games since, but at present his one-month deal ends after Saturday's trip to Northampton.

"All we've done over the past month is allow Luke to express himself. He's so talented and I know he'll have a great football career," Cooper told BBC Tees.

Williams became Boro's youngest-ever debutant in 2010.

But he has struggled to secure regular football since, and after a year without starting a match was hauled off midway through their FA Cup defeat by Hull City in January.

"I know [Middlesbrough head coach] Aitor Karanka likes him as a player," Cooper explained.

"So although I've had conversations with Boro to try and keep him, we'll have to see because they might decide to bring him into the first team."