Newcastle United have been approached regarding loan deals for the new season, with Hartlepool boss Craig Harrison keen on developing closer ties between the two clubs.

Hartlepool of course dropped into the National League after a cruel last day of the season, beating Doncaster 2-1 but Newport scored an 89th minute winner which saved them and relegated Pools.

The Hartlepool manager says he has already spoken to Joe Joyce at Newcastle and is looking at having a proper meeting once everybody is back after the summer break.

The relegation leaves the north east with no clubs in the top four divisions, apart from Premier League Newcastle and Sunderland & Middlesbrough in the Championship.

Hartlepool join Gateshead in the National League, whilst Darlington are another step down in the National League North.

It would be a boost for everybody if one or more of these three could get back into League Two and then hopefully progress from there.

Purely from Newcastle’s point of view, it is a negative that if loaning players out, there aren’t options in the top four divisions that are local.

To join a club temporarily in the Championship or Leagues One & Two, it is Lancashire and Yorkshire that give the closest options, or a loan move to Scotland.

Contrast that with Premier League clubs in London or the North West, who have a host of lower league clubs on their doorstep, allowing players to simply commute from their homes if they choose to.

Craig Harrison speaking to the Hartlepool Mail:

“I’ve had a couple of text conversations with Garry Monk.

“He’s only had two weeks before pre-season starts, so hopefully, over the next week or 10 days, I’ll get the opportunity to go and see Gaz and have a chat with him.

“But we’d like to do that with the other clubs as well.

Sunderland, we’d like to go in there and speak to them as we’d like to utilise as much of their talent as we can.

“There’s lots of very good players out there who have just not got enough adult football, senior football, at Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Newcastle. So I’d like to start build a relationship up.

“Hopefully this week we’ll go in and speak to Sunderland and I have already spoken to Joe Joyce at Newcastle, we are just waiting for their staff to get back from holiday so we can get around a table and have a chat.”