Joey Barton sees his ban from football lifted on 1 June.

The former Newcastle midfielder was suspended back in April 2017 for breaking betting rules.

Despite being set to turn 36 in September and having had no competitive football for 16 months by the time next season starts in August, Kevin Nolan says he would to sign Joey Barton on at Notts County for next season.

Indeed, he sees the biggest obstacle as being whether Nolan would be prepared to drop down to their level.

At the moment Notts County seem destined for the play-offs with four games to go, as they are four points off automatic promotion and six points ahead of those outside the play-offs.

If they could make it into League One then obviously it must increase their chances of signing the midfielder.

It will be interesting to see if indeed Joey Barton still has the desire to want to train and play regular football, as he has carved out a decent media career whilst being banned.

Kevin Nolan already has former Newcastle players Shola Ameobi and Alan Smith at the club, whilst former NUFC striker was also at Notts County until his release last summer.

Nolan says that if 36 year old Shola Ameobi does pack in playing this summer he will be offered a coaching role. However, Shola says [see below] that he isn’t sure what he will do this summer, believing the best thing is to think things over in the close season and see how he feels, before he decides whether he is going to give playing another season.

Kevin Nolan talking to BBC Radio Nottingham:

“Me and Joey Barton are good friends.

“He is a top player, a top lad, and I really get on well with him.

“We will always be in touch so let’s see what happens.

“Joey is probably going to want to play at a higher level…and if that doesn’t come to fruition, then I am sure there will be a conversation in the summer.

“He describes himself as Joey on the pitch, and Joseph off it, and I respect both of them very highly.”

Shola Ameobi speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham:

“It’s a tough one [whether to keep playing].

“My mind wants to [continue playing] but I have always said I will take stock at the end of every season, and give myself a couple of weeks to mull it over, and see if I am good to go.”