Hartlepool United extend Gary Liddle's loan from Walsall until the end of the season with Dave Challinor eyeing permanent deal

Hartlepool United have confirmed the extension of Gary Liddle’s loan from Walsall until the end of the season.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 12:41 pm
Gary Liddle of Hartlepool United in action during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Dagenham & Redbridge at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Sunday 22nd December 2019. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

Liddle has impressed since joining on loan last month, and with his deal set to expire following Saturday’s match against Stockport County, Pools have reached an agreement to keep the 33-year-old at Victoria Park until the end of the current campaign.

But manager Dave Challinor hopes to keep the defender longer than that.

“Lidds will be here to the end of the season in principle, it’s been agreed with Walsall,” he said before the official confirmation a week later.

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“It’s a positive one because he’s enjoyed his time here and settled in really, really well and been a big plus for us.

“We’ll have him with us until the end of the season and then see where we are with him moving forward. He’s one who I’ve spoken about for next year and if something can be sorted then it’s definitely something we’ll look at.”