Clubs on alert as Middlesbrough release EIGHT academy players including ex-Hartlepool United loanee

Former Hartlepool United loanee Bradley Fewster
Former Hartlepool United loanee Bradley Fewster

Former Hartlepool United loanee Bradley Fewster is one of eight academy products to have been released by Middlesbrough.

The 21-year-old forward joined Pools on a six-month loan deal last September back when Craig Hignett was manager but he only managed five appearances before injury curtailed his loan spell at The Vic.

Fewster featured against Stevenage, Yeovil Town, Luton and Grimsby in League Two and he also played against Sunderland Under-23s in the Checkatrade Trophy group stage defeat before a hamstring injury forced his spell to be cut short.

Boro said his injury meant Fewster wouldn't have returned until January when his temporary deal at the Northern Gas & Power Stadium was up, much to Hignett's disappointment.

The promising forward is now looking ahead to his next chapter and there is sure to be high interest in him and the other highly-rated youngsters, with clubs in the Football League, National League and non-league monitoring their progress.

And it would be no surprise should new Pools boss Craig Harrison cast his eye over the released academy products ahead of their bid to win promotion from the National League at the first time of asking.

Boro's academy manager Craig Liddle admits it is the toughest part of the job to release young players but said he hopes the players released from the academy can find success elsewhere.

Liddle said: "It's the hardest part of this job, releasing players.

"Many have been with us for a long time and may think it's the end of their dream.

"My response to that would be to treat it as a new challenge, it may not have worked out the way they wanted here, but it may well somewhere else.

"It happens all the time in this game.

"I'd just like to thank them for everything they have done for us and wish them every success as players and individuals in the future."

Five players have been released from Boro's Under-23 side and three from the Under-18 squad.

Fewster, Niall McGoldrick, Lewis Maloney, Junior Mondal and Jo Wheatley have gone from the Under-23s, while Nathan Convery, Brandon Holdsworth and Matthew Wilson have been released from the Under-18s.