Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players
- Join Date:01/07/2011
Ben is lucky enough to play for the club he supported as a boy having come through the club’s Academy.
The big goalkeeper became the youth team’s number one in the second year of his scholarship in 2009-10 and also broke into the development squad.
He continued to feature regularly for the second string the following season before joining Harrogate Town on loan in November 2011, making three appearances.
Ben made the short move to Gateshead two months later without making an appearance and also played eight games for the development squad in 2010-11.
Martin O’Neill included Ben in his squad for the 2012 Peace Cup in South Korea and handed the goalkeeper his debut in the 3-2 win over FC Groningen in the Peace Cup Stadium in Suwon.
Ben joined Npower League Two side Chesterfield on loan in September 2012 but didn't make any appearances before returning to Wearside.