Bury have signed Tom Heardman on loan from Newcastle United for the season as confirmed by the club website.

The 21-year-old striker came through the famed Newcastle academy and has been close to getting into their first team on a few occasions, though injury stopped him from getting his debut a few years ago. Instead he has gained all of his first team experience on loan spells away, making his professional debut with Gateshead in 2014 before getting a chance in the EFL with Hartlepool United last season.

And while he is still waiting to get his first goal in competitive action, Heardman will move up the leagues and get a loan spell in Sky Bet League One this time. He has joined Bury on a season-long loan deal and will be hoping to help them as they look to get a place in the play-offs as well as prove to the coaches back in Tyneside that he is good enough to be in their first team.

His new head coach Lee Clark, once a Newcastle player, said: “Tom is a really good young player that I have been monitoring for around a year now at Newcastle United. I’ve seen the progress that he has made and he will be a different type of striker to the ones that we already have here at the club.”

“At six feet four, he is a good target man, he has a lot of ability and a good touch on the ball. He works hard, works the channels. We also feel that we can help him develop and he can also be an asset for us over the coming season so we are delighted to get him on board with us.”

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