Hartlepool boss gives update on Tom White’s future after loan deal expires

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Hartlepool manager Dave Challinor has hinted that Rovers midfielder Tom White will remain with the National League side following the expiration of his short-term loan deal.

White signed for Hartlepool on an initial 28-day loan deal back in February due to the uncertainty surrounding the National League season, but the league will continue following approval from the relative authorities.

It was expected that the 23-year-old would extend his loan spell with the Pools after his deal expired last week, but no move has been completed as of yet, making White ineligible for their fixtures until Rovers come to a deal.

However, White still travelled with the side to Altrincham on Tuesday night, and continues to train with the Pools.

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Challinor spoke to the Hartlepool Mail about White’s future: “I’m hopeful we can get something done. It’s really frustrating for him because he knows that I want him here and he’s been training and travelling with us because he wants to support the lads.”

There has also been talk since White’s move to the Pools that the deal could be made permanent in the summer, with his contract up at Rovers after signing a two-year-deal upon his arrival in July 2019.

“[Extending the loan] is down to us but we’re desperate to keep him with us and hopefully we’ll see some flexibility from both sides in terms of what we want to do.”

HARTLEPOOL BOSS DAVE CHALLINOR ON THE CHANCES OF KEEPING TOM WHITE AT THE CLUB FOLLOWING THIS SEASON [HARTLEPOOL MAIL[

The registration window for players in the National League comes to a close on 25 March, and so we will see a solution of some sort by then.

White is yet to make an appearance for Rovers’ senior side, with his arrival giving fellow youngsters the chance to step up, like John Buckley – who has become a regular member of the first-team side over the last 18 months.

It is expected that White’s time with the club will come to an end this summer, and we would like to wish him all the best in his career.

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