ADAM Boyd is already in pre-season training in a bid to find a new club – with Gateshead among a number of options open to him.
The striker – who turns 30 on Friday – was released by Hartlepool United last week and is now on the hunt for new employers.
BlueSquare Premier outfit Gateshead – who risk losing top scorer Jon Shaw this summer – are sure to be interested, and Boyd admits he would welcome talks with the Tynesiders.
“Gateshead would definitely be an option,” said the former Pools favourite, who is also attracting interest from a host of Football League clubs.
“Not just because of the location, but the way they play football as well.
“I know the assistant boss, Terry Mitchell, from his time at Hartlepool and he’s a lovely guy.
“So Gateshead would be a good option.”
Boyd had enjoyed an injury-free campaign before his release from Victoria Park.
But the former Manor pupil has revealed that he is already working at Maiden Castle with Pools physio Ian “Buster” Gallagher in an effort to maintain his fitness.
“I’ve already started my pre-season training,” he said.
“Buster is up at Maiden Castle so I’m going up to do some work there.
“I’ll start boxing again in early June and that worked well for me last year.
“I came back in brilliant nick and scored a fair few goals at the start of the season.
“So it shows that if I’m playing week in, week out, then I’ll get goals.”
While Boyd invites the interest from Gateshead, he is also open to other offers, as he went on: “I’ll see if people contact me, if not then I’ll start pursuing contacts.
“I’m still holding out for the Premier League to be honest!
“But I’ll just see what offers come in and weigh them up on merit.”
Don’t miss Friday’s SportMail for a special Adam Boyd feature as he looks back on his time at Pools.