Bury have signed Newcastle United’s 21-year-old striker Tom Heardman on a season-long loan deal, it was announced on Monday.
The Shakers announced their new arrival on their official website, as well as their official Twitter account, stating that the centre-forward has temporarily left St James’ Park in order to gain first team experience at a league level.
— Bury Football Club (@buryfcofficial) July 10, 2017
Bury finished 19th in League One last season, and will be hoping to progress up the table under the watchful eye of former Newcastle man and current manager Lee Clark.
Standing at 6’4″ tall, Heardman is an imposing presence in the box, and was described by the Bury boss as a bit like “a young Andy Carroll”, with the now-West Ham man having also broken through the youth ranks at the North East side.
Yet to make an appearance for the Magpies’ first team, he earned his first senior appearance on loan at Newcastle’s neighbours Gateshead in a National League clash with Lincoln back in 2014.
He spent the first half of last season on loan to fellow north east side Hartlepool, where he made just three appearances before he returned to St James’ Park in January.
However, his performances for them and for Newcastle’s Under-23 side must have been enough to impress manager Rafael Benitez, as he signed a new one-year deal to remain at the club, as confirmed on the Magpies’ official website and Twitter page.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 10, 2017