Hartlepool United send Noble back to Sunderland

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RYAN Noble is on his way back to Sunderland after managing just one goal on loan at League One high-fliers Hartlepool United, writes CRAIG HOPE.

Pools boss John Hughes preferred Middlesbrough loanee Charlie Wyke to Noble (pictured) in attack for Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Stevenage, as the home side made it 20 games without a win.

Hughes will speak to Boro in a bid to retain the services of 19-year-old Wyke, whose wages are being covered by his parent club.

But Noble will not be staying on.

“Charlie is someone I’m determined to keep at the club,” Hughes said. “He trains properly and is a good character, he’s a lovely kid.

“He’s a good footballer and I would like to think we can get the deal to keep him here.”

Wyke was impressive during the first half against Stevenage, operating in a withdrawn role off striker Steve Howard.

Noble, however, appears to have played his last game at Victoria Park having scored just once during his second loan spell.

The 21-year-old has started just once under Hughes and failed to make it from the bench at the weekend.

“I spoke to Kevin Ball and we are thankful to Sunderland for the relationship we have got with them,” explained Hughes.

“But Ryan will go back.

“I feel Charlie is similar to Stevie Howard and we have Luke James back. He is similar to Ryan, if not as good a goalscorer as him.

“We need to give our home-grown kids a chance and Luke has looked well in training.”

Noble’s exit will free up some funds for Hughes and the Victoria Park chief may well look to bring in a free agent.