Pickford pens new deal on Wearside

by Oscar Chamberlain

England under-21 international extends stay at Stadium of Light.

Sunderland AFC goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has signed a new deal with the Black Cats that sees him extend his stay at the Stadium of Light until 2020.

Heralded as one of England’s hottest young goalkeeping prospects, the England Under-21 international made his first-team debut for Sunderland earlier this season in Emirates FA Cup against Arsenal, and has also made one Premier League start to date against Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking about the new deal, manager Sam Allardyce said: “Jordan is an exceptional talent who has already demonstrated that he is comfortable playing at the highest level. At the tender age of just 21, which is still very young in goalkeeping terms, there is still a lot more potential for development which is really exciting for us.

“It’s always great to see a local lad progress through the Academy ranks especially for our fans, and I am certain that Jordan has a very bright future ahead of him here at Sunderland.”

Pickford joined the Black Cats at the age of eight in 2002 before signing 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, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United and Preston North End.

Celebrate Jordan's new deal by purchasing the 2015-16 goalkeeping shirt which is now available now at a reduced price.