Jack Hindle's plans could have been very different this weekend had he not been given the opportunity to extend his time with Barrow AFC during pre-season training.

Prior to being offered 'terms of re-engagement' by the Bluebirds last week, Hindle was set to be a part of Gateshead's National League North play-off qualifier against Brackley Town on Saturday afternoon.

The 26-year-old striker moved out on loan to the Heed at the end of February after finding starting opportunities hard to come by during the 2019/20 campaign.

While he wishes Mike Williamson's side well in Northamptonshire, Hindle instead will get the chance to earn a place in AFC's squad for their first season in the English Football League for 48 years.

Hindle said: "I was speaking to the manager at Gateshead and I said to him that I can't say 'yes' or 'no', but I'll be in touch because I didn't want to mess anything up, with having a chance at Barrow and I didn't want to get injured.

"I would have loved to play for them and I think they've got a real chance of winning it because the way they got relegated last year - they finished ninth - was because of the chairman, so they deserve to win that play-off and I really hope they do.

"But it just changed in a really short space of time because I was worried that I need to go there, do well and try and get a deal.

"At that time, I was nailed on to get released, there's no two ways about it, but football is a funny game and that's the way it goes."

It sums up Hindle's luck last season that within two weeks of him heading to the North East, the season was suspended by the coronavirus pandemic, with him only being able to take to the field for his new club once.

While he thought he'd played his last game for Barrow under former manager Ian Evatt, he instead has a chance to prove his worth to new gaffer David Dunn.

Hindle said: "I really enjoyed it up at Gateshead, but with the weather and the virus there was only one game, so it was frustrating to then have the lockdown and everything that went on.

"Obviously, we then had the gaffer leaving and everything has all changed and to be given the chance to maybe give League Two a crack is a really big turn of events."