MICK Wadsworth believes that Hartlepool United’s improved links with the North East’s big three clubs has given him a head start on summer recruitment.
The Pools boss hopes to be at the front of the queue with Sunderland, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough releasing a number of their young professionals.
Already, Wadsworth has stolen a march on his rivals having brought in on trial both Sunderland winger Nathan Luscombe and Newcastle midfielder Patrick McLaughlin in recent weeks, as well as taking a look at Middlesbrough’s James Gray.
Luscombe impressed during last Wednesday’s 3-0 reserve team win over Leeds United and the 21-year-old will train with Pools for the rest of the season.
“For us to have good relationships with our bigger brothers is very important,” said Wadsworth.
“We’ve had Nathan training for a while now and I like him very much. I’ve spoken to Steve Bruce about him and Keith Bertschin has also given me a lot of information.
“He’ll carry on training with us. I’ve been very pleased with him.”
He added: “That relationship with Sunderland has been very good and I hope it’s one we can cement for the future.
“Likewise Newcastle and Middlesbrough, who have been very supportive on a few things this season. So I’m trying to build that relationship with the local clubs.”