Newcastle striker Tom Heardman has been training with Bury this week and could go straight into action on Friday night.

The forward will turn 22 in September and is yet to get any first team action for Newcastle but Lee Clark says he isn’t concerned about that.

He says that Tom Heardman is just like any other young player and they ‘need a chance’.

A loan move has been confirmed on Thursday morning and Bury boss Clark could give him his first chance as early as tomorrow, with Sunderland visiting for the first friendly of the season.

As well as players expected coming in on loan at St James Park, along with Tom Heardman there are expected to be once again many many more, mainly young, players going out on loan to get first team experience.

Lee Clark thinks Heardman reminds him of Andy Carroll and says he is ‘very athletic’ for someone who is 6ft 4.

Good luck to him and hopefully he will have a better record with injuries than Carroll.

Sunderland start their (Championship) season in only 29 days time and so kick off their pre-season a week earlier than Newcastle, who are at Hearts next Friday (14 July).

Lee Clark speaking to the Bury Times:

“Tom Heardman is a young, energetic player.

“He is six foot four and will be a different asset for us.

“We will be able to feed on his flick-ons and knock downs but he is not just a big guy, he is very athletic and reminds me of a young Andy Carroll.

“I’m not concerned (about lack of first team games), these young lads need a chance just like our young lads do and we believe he can add something extra to our group.

“He has already hit the ground running this week.

“This is the start for us now, they (Sunderland) have appointed a very good manager in Simon Grayson and it is exciting to welcome a huge club to Gigg Lane.”