ADAM Campbell could have to pack his boots and leave Newcastle United – in order to come back a stronger player.
The 18-year-old has been on the fringes of Alan Pardew’s team for the past year.
And the United manager feels he needs first-team football in order to challenge for a place in his side.
Pardew – who this week farmed out Shane Ferguson to Birmingham City – is open to loaning Campbell this season should the club sign one or more strikers in this summer’s transfer window.
Hartlepool United could well be among his suitors with Colin Cooper having made no secret of his search for a striker.
And Pardew said: “I think Adam’s at the point where, depending on our business, a loan is an option for him.
“We’re trying to bring in a striker, if not too. For the moment, Adam will hang around.
“Once I think our criteria have been filled, a loan would be brilliant for him. He needs to play professional football. I’m considering that.”
North Shields-born Campbell – an intelligent footballer with an electric turn of pace – impressed in a series of brief cameo appearances last season.
And there will be no shortage of interest in him from Football League clubs.
Other players, including defenders Remie Streete and James Tavernier, could also be loaned out by Pardew.
South Tynesider Streete – who is highly-rated by Pardew – is ready for first-team football, while Tavernier has had a number of loan spells already in his United career.
One manager who keeps a close eye on United’s younger players is Birmingham’s Lee Clark.
Clark signed Ferguson on loan late last season, and he was delighted to capture the versatile 22-year-old, who will spend the entire season at St Andrew’s.
The Northern Ireland international – who can play at full back or on the left wing – impressed at Birmingham last term.
And Clark has thanked his former club for allowing him to join the Championship club for a second time.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be able to bring Shane in,” he said. “It’s taken the longest of all the deals, but he was one I wasn’t going to give up on.
“He did really well for us last season, and I’m sure the fans are very happy to have him back.
“I think it will be a good move for him playing week in and week out, which he hasn’t really done at a first-team level, because he’ll get stronger and stronger.
“I also want to thank my old club Newcastle, who have done really well for us in terms of the way they’ve structured the deal financially for us.”
Meanwhile, midfielder Gael Bigirimana could be involved in Sunday’s friendly against Blackpool.
Bigirimana reported back for pre-season training later than the bulk of his team-mates because of his summer involvement with England’s Under-20s.
As a result, the 19-year-old wasn’t in Newcastle’s squad for the club’s pre-season tour of Portugal.