Newcastle Town forward Ryan McLean has joined National League North side Hereford on loan, making his debut in Tuesday night’s 2-0 home victory over Brackley Town.
The forward made an immediate impact, making his debut as a substitute in midweek.
McLean’s performances with Robin Van der Laan’s Castle have attracted a number of scouts to the Red Industries Stadium. With the Northen Premier League division currently postponed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, game time was ultimately valuable for McLean's development.
McLean's move to Hereford - two divisions up, is only on a temporary basis.
Hereford fans will be delighted with their new signing
Hereford gaffer Josh Gowling said that teammates have started calling McLean 'the road runner' as a result of his pace.
He added: “We’ve known about Ryan for a while and we’ve been trying to get it sorted to get him in.
“We’ve got him in now and he’ll be a pleaser, the fans will really love him. He works hard, he’s an honest boy and you can see his pace – he’s got pace in abundance and he’s lively, he wants to run at people and he’s a confident boy as well.
“Ryan has come in from two league below, but we think we can develop him and push him forward and I really think we’ve got a real good player on our hands.”
McLean's parent club Newcastle Town haven't featured since Autumn following the suspension of the Northen Premier South East Division due to the pandemic and are still awaiting word on the fate of the remainding games of the season.
Newcastle initially recorded five wins from their eight matches to sit in third place in the table before the season's suspension.