Keeper signs new deal

by Kate Smith

Young stopper commits future to Black Cats.

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has agreed a new four-year deal with the Black Cats that will see him extend his stay with the club until 2018.

Speaking about his new deal, the 20-year-old said: “Last season was massive for me. I played games at Burton and at Carlisle, which was great experience.

“I want to keep developing and working hard and I’m delighted to sign a contract with the club I have always supported.”

Pickford joined the Black Cats as an eight-year old in 2002 then signed a two-year scholarship in 2010.

He went on to become a key member of the club’s under 21 side and has continued his development with loan spells at Darlington FC, Alfreton Town FC, Burton Albion FC and Carlisle United FC.