JOHN Hughes admits he could check on the availability of Hartlepool-born Adam Reed come the end of the season, writes CRAIG HOPE.
The 21-year-old (above) is currently on loan at League One rivals Portsmouth having joined on a month-long deal from Sunderland in January.
Reed played in both of the recent matches against Pools and was his side’s star man during Tuesday’s goalless draw.
He will be out of contract at the Stadium of Light in the summer and is already on a list of players Hughes could target come close-season recruitment.
“Adam came to our attention a couple of months ago,” Hughes told SportMail.
“We have looked at all of the local boys in the area because it makes sense in terms of accommodation and the like.
“There’s nothing happening with him at this moment in time because we’re happy with what we’ve got.
“But he’s maybe one for the future and one we’ll keep an eye on.”
Hughes has just one loan player on the books at present, Middlesbrough’s Charlie Wyke having extended his stay for the remainder of the campaign.
And the Pools boss has been delighted with the contribution of the 20-year-old striker.
“Charlie is doing so well,” said Hughes.
“I don’t think he’ll be a prolific goalscorer but he goes out there and puts a shift in.
“When you see him you know what you’re getting.
“He’s on loan and we’re not his parent club but you can see him fighting for us – he wants to give it his best shot for Hartlepool.”
Meanwhile, Victoria Park is to host some of Gateshead’s remaining fixtures after Pools stepped in to help the struggling Blue Square Bet Premier side.
The Tyneside outfit have been suffering ongoing drainage problems with the pitch at The International Stadium and have played just once on home soil since November.
The Heed will now play seven of their remaining home fixtures at The Vic, the first of which will see them host Wrexham on Tuesday February, 19.