Behind the shirt: Get to know Michael Ledger caught up with Michael Ledger to get to know a little bit about the makings of the youngster...  

Position: Central defender 
Nationality: English

Main assets you bring to the team?

Defending is obviously my primary focus on the pitch but I would also say reading the game, I like to make tackles and I’m 100% committed all the time.

Greatest aspiration?

When I was named captain of the youth team under Elliott Dickman. It was a proud moment because I wasn’t expecting it and to be captain of that team in the FA Youth Cup was something I will never forgot.

Hardest trainer?

George Honeyman works hard. He is always staying out doing extra bits and he has got a very good attitude to everything he does.

Best goal you have scored?

There haven’t been many! The most important one I have scored was last season at the Stadium of Light when I managed to score a header and we won 1-0 over Liverpool, so that was special.

Best game you've played in?

That one has to be the pre-season game at Hartlepool United when there were like 3,000 Sunderland fans. It was special for myself and something I really want to get more opportunities to savour again in the future.

As a local lad, what does it mean to represent Sunderland AFC?

It’s unbelievable. I have supported Sunderland since I was a little boy and to think where I started and where I am now it’s something I never really thought I would get to. I love it, I live it and it’s something I really hope to continue.

What does Sunderland AFC mean to you?

It’s everything to me. My family are Sunderland fans and I was bought up supporting the club. I was about three or four when I went to my first game and from there I have always supported the club. I got picked up when I was six and it’s something that will always be close to my heart. 

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