BRAD Inman’s hoping to be back at Newcastle United next season – and build on his success away from St James’s Park.
The midfielder spent the bulk of last term at Crewe Alexandra.
Australian Inman is out of contract at the club at the end of the month.
But the 21-year-old – who helped Crewe win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – has been offered a new one-year deal by United after impressing on loan at Gresty Road.
Inman – who scored eight goals for the League One club – wouldn’t discuss his contractual situation, but he is hopeful he will stay at St James’s Park.
“Hopefully, I’ll be back at Newcastle next season – I can’t really say any more than that,” Inman said.
“I want to push on to next season, and see what the future brings.”
Inman – who joined Crewe in December – was in the side which beat Southend 2-0 at Wembley he Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final late last season in front of a crowd of more than 43,000.
The experience has left an indelible impression on Inman, whose potential was spotted by Peter Beardsley, now football development manager, at a training camp held in Adelaide by Newcastle 12 years ago.
“It was a dream come true,” he said. “Even some of the best players don’t get the chance to play at Wembley.
“The pitch, the stadium and the fans – it was just a great day. Achieving that at 21 was good. I just hope to play there again.”
Reflecting on his time at Crewe, Inman added: “I got eight goals for Crewe in 26 appearances. It wasn’t a bad scoring ratio.
“I played in a midfield three with one holding and two attacking. I played on the left a couple of times, cutting inside and shooting.”
After Crewe’s season ended, he returned to United, his final appearance of the campaign coming against Consett last month.
The contrast between Wembley and the non-league club’s Belle Vue home couldn’t have been greater, but Inman still impressed, scoring twice in a comfortable 6-0 win for the reserves in front of a crowd of 750.
“You’ve got to try your best in every game,” he said.