Pair of scholars make work experience moves.
Two Sunderland youngsters will be spending Christmas in competitive action after making temporary moves to Darlington.
Central defender Johnny Burn (pictured) and attacking midfielder Nathan Thomas have both joined the Black Cats’ north-east neighbours on work experience until January 2.
Darlington, managed by former Sunderland man Martin Gray, re-formed in the summer and now play in Division One of the Northern League.
They are seven points clear at the top of the table and face second-placed Spennymoor in a key clash this evening.
Both Burn and Thomas, who are second-year scholars at the Academy of Light, have been cleared to feature and could play in a further three games over a busy festive period.