Greenwood - 'Hard work paying off'


Youngster delighted with U18s' recent form.

Sunderland U18 midfielder Rees Greenwood feels he is reaping the rewards for his recent hard work after notching his fourth and fifth goals of the season in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Middlesbrough.

The 17-year-old Winlaton-born youngster has been in fine form in recent weeks and is one of only four players to feature in every game for the young Black Cats this season.

And the winger told he is pleased with his goal return in the early stages of the campaign.

“We have six-week reviews and one of my aims was to add more goals to the team and have a bigger impact and I’m doing exactly that,” Greenwood said.

We know if we play like we have in the last few weeks then we can beat anyone

- Rees Greenwood

“I’ve been working on my positioning and linking up with the strikers when I play on the wing so I can cut in and create chances for others and also myself.”

The young Black Cats leapfrogged their Teesside neighbours with Saturday’s victory and Greenwood says confidence is flowing amongst the group ahead of this weekend’s clash with Liverpool.

“We’re really happy with the recent results, we are confident and we just need to keep it going,” he added.

“We believe in each other and we’ve got a lot of trust in each other so we’ve just got to keep the confidence up because we’ve got nothing to fear; we know if we play like we have in the last few weeks then we can beat anyone.”

Greenwood was talking to the club’s official website following the draw for the third round of the FA Youth Cup which has handed the youngsters a tasty trip to Portman Road to face Ipswich Town.

And Greenwood says the players are excited by the opportunity to play at the 30,000-capacity stadium.

“It’s going to be a great experience,” he continued. “We’re all looking forward to it, hopefully we can go there and get a result and get more experiences like that.”