By Charlie Summerbell
December 14 2011
Hartlepool United haven't got their new manager yet, but they have virtually got a new player. Striker James Brown is hoping that after a start to the season hit again by injury, he's ready to play a part in the team's search for consistency.
And James Brown back to something like his best would be a major bonus for whoever finally gets the nod to take over from the sacked Mick Wadsworth.
He started his first senior game of the season at Brentford last weekend, and looked something like before going off after an hour. He might not be 100 per cent match fit, but that will come.
Pools take on Colchester at Victoria Park on Saturday desperate to end their shocking run of home defeats, and Brown could start again.
Caretaker boss Micky Barron told the Northern Echo: “James has looked bright in training.
"It's a positive to have him back and he will get some more training into him ahead of the Colchester game.
"He played as one of three attackers and we asked them all to go forward and have some movement, to recognise if someone goes forward go with them, not to run in straight lines and be creative.
"It was just the final ball or delivery that let us down at times. A few times we could have had more passes or played a better ball, but we haven't had long to go with it.
"Against Colchester we will be positive - James can be a threat in drifting around and picking up possession in dangerous area.''
As long as nobody expects Brown to be the Pools saviour – he’s not fully match fit, he’s constantly dogged by injuries, and while he is good when he’s at his best, he’s been out of regular action for yonks.
Peter Hartley will be out suspended, but Sam Collins came back from injury at Brentford and scored the Pools goal.
Meanwhile, the guesswork over who will replace Wadsworth continues, but as usual Pools are saying nowt and will probably continue to say nowt until they have made an appointment.