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


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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