RYAN Noble says he would “love” to return to Hartlepool United next season.
Pools boss Neale Cooper has already sounded his interest in taking the Sunderland striker back to Victoria Park in an extended loan deal.
And now Noble, pictured, has confirmed that he would jump at the chance of becoming one of Cooper’s first summer signings.
“I’d love to come back here next year,” the former England youth international said. “The chance to play every week is much better than going anywhere else and being left wondering. “It’s right on my doorstep as well and it’s a club and set of lads which I really like.
“I feel part of the team here, they are a great bunch of lads and have made me so welcome.”
Noble scored the second goal of his loan stay at the weekend, heading home in style to seal a 2-1 win over Leyton Orient.
It was just the second time the 20-year-old has tasted victory in eight games for the club, but he admits the exposure to League One football has been invaluable.
“It’s been a good experience for me because it’s the first time I’ve felt part of a professional team,” he went on. “It’s the first run in a team I’ve had as well. I’ve been out to places and it’s not worked out, but this has been great.
“Playing games is so important and it’s so different to reserve football. It’s more physical, faster and everyone is a step higher. Little things all add up and make a difference to improve you.”