David Atkinson will this afternoon put pen to paper on a loan deal which will see him play for Hartlepool United for the next month. 

Captain of Boro's U21s, the Shildon-born defender is following a well-trod path to the Vic where Colin Cooper and Stephen Pears are hoping to get back to winning ways.

Matthew Dolan and Christian Burgess have been on loan with Pools over the last year, Charlie Wyke recently extended his loan deal by another couple of months, while winger Ryan Brobbel is winning favourable reviews.

Stuart Parnaby and Matthew Bates signed permanent contracts in the summer.

Atkinson goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's home game with Portsmouth.