Salford City’s Luke Armstrong discusses his future at Hartlepool United as the striker’s impressive loan continues in the National League

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With nine goals in 13 games, the loaned player from Salford City plays and scores regularly in the National League for a Pools side who were able to tackle a promotion challenge after arriving in December.

The forward has generated a lot of interest in the Football League but has made no secret of his preference to stay close to his County Durham home.

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Luke Armstrong of Hartlepool United celebrates after scoring to bring him to 1-1 during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday February 20, 2021. (Mark Fletcher | MI News)

And given his impressive form since returning to the North East, Poolies are desperate for the club to keep Armstrong beyond the current season.

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“I love it and that’s the main thing because I just want to enjoy my football,” Armstrong replied when asked about a potential return to the hens after this season.

“It’s tough when you’ve signed a contract with a club and I have to fulfill that contract, but if there is another chance to go out on loan, this is the first place I would want to come.”

Armstrong has a prolific goalscoring record when playing in the North East with 23 goals for Blyth Spartans in the 2016-17 season and 10 goals in 17 games for Gateshead in the first half of the 2018-19 campaign. . And now that he’s back home and scoring again, he’s hesitant to leave this time around.

“I don’t want to travel all over the country because every time I have it hasn’t worked because I don’t like it,” Armstrong added.

“I want to stay as close to home as possible and I loved it here. I would love to come back no matter where the club is because I haven’t enjoyed my football so much in a long time.

“I’m from a place in Salford where I thought I didn’t really enjoy my football anymore, but I came here and it just changed right away.

“I love to play now and that is the main thing, if you like your football you are a ten times better player.

“But my main focus at the moment is to promote ourselves and we’ll see what happens from there.”

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