A Hastings transfer may also have added incentive for the Wests Tigers who look to bring John Bateman into their roster.
Bateman has allegedly stated that he is unwilling to play alongside Hastings, so a move to Newcastle could be beneficial in the Tim Sheens bringing the England International back to the NRL.
Hastings, a former Man of Steel winner in the U.K, has been a bright light for the Tigers in a dark year, perhaps most notably kicking the match-winning field goal in the Tigers' Easter Monday upset against Parramatta.
His maturity and leadership may be invaluable as Adam O'Brien seems set to bring Kalyn Ponga back into the halves in the near future.
Hastings' contract at the Tigers expires at the end of next year.