D-day for Hartlepool Utd loan pair

HARTLEPOOL United are set to decide upon the future of loan pair Ryan Noble and Charlie Wyke.

Today’s visit of Stevenage is the last game for which the strike duo are available.

Manager John Hughes will contact Noble and Wyke’s parent clubs – Sunderland and Middlesbrough respectively – on Monday to determine if they remain available.

Both, however, have failed to start the last two matches under the new boss and, during two months at Victoria Park, they have just one goal between them, Noble’s stunning strike in the 2-1 defeat at Bury which proved to be Neale Cooper’s final game in charge.

And Hughes told SportMail: “We have a decision to make on Ryan and Charlie but we’ll do that after the weekend.

“We’ll contact their parent clubs and see what they want to do.

“I feel a wee bit for big Charlie though because he’s suffered, he hasn’t really had a chance.

“He’s that target-man type of player similar to Steve (Howard).”

Teenage forward Luke James is also edging closer to a return following hernia surgery and Hughes could opt to use the academy product and James Poole as back-up to Howard.

The Scot went on: “We’ve got another dilemma because Luke is coming back in.

“He’s lively and is a good foil to play off someone.”

And Hughes has been quite taken with the Amble-born starlet.

“Luke is one you want to keep near as a coach because his natural enthusiasm inspires you,” he added.

“He’s never got a smile off his face and he has an appreciation for what he’s doing.

“So he’s a good option and it’s something we have to look at if we are going to change it and have someone play alongside Steve.

“Or if Steve gives us an hour can we put two young lads up there with the legs to cause problems.

“We’ve got a couple of options and I’ll have to decide what we’re going to do.”