James Stinson

Young Guns: James Stinson

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by Ashley Houghton

U18 forward looking to build on hat-trick v Wolves.

Since breaking into Sunderland’s U18 side against Stoke City at the start of February, James Stinson has started the following five games for the young Black Cats.

And, after his hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-3 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, the young striker says he's happy with his progress at the Academy of Light.

He explained: “I think my pace and movement off the ball are my strong points, I like to make runs in behind and work the channels, I scored one of my goals on Saturday like that.

The coaches try and help you every step of the way, they want what’s best for you and your career - you and the coach are striving for the same thing

- James Stinson

“I’m always working on my game and I want to improve my hold-up play.

“I’m trying to get physically stronger because if you want to play the number nine you’ve got to be a physical presence and I thought I did that quite well on Saturday.”

He continued: “It’s a good feeling when you sit down and think about the game, I really enjoyed it.

“When you get your first game, confidence builds, and once you get a run in the team you just want to stay there and keep playing games.”

Stinson was picked up as an under-14 from his local team Stokesley FC, where he was watched by a number of clubs, but, he chose Sunderland citing the facilities and quality of coaching as the reasoning behind his choice.

“I just played locally at the boys clubs in Middlesbrough, including Stokesley. That’s where I got picked up by quite a few clubs.

“I used to play as a right winger and my boys club coach changed me into a striker which helped me on the goals side. I was scoring a lot more and goals are always going to get you attention.

“I went to train with a few different clubs but when I came here the facilities were first-class; I enjoyed the training and the coaches.

“The coaches try and help you every step of the way, they want what’s best for you and your career - you and the coach are striving for the same thing, they want to get you into the first team and that’s where you want to be as well.”

Stinson’s treble against Wolves was his first league goals this season, and the Middlesbrough-born man is hoping to add more goals to his tally for the campaign.

“I scored in pre-season and didn’t play much after that so I just want to keep playing games and scoring goals," he said. "Goals bring confidence.”