Sunderland AFC are pleased to confirm the signing of former Hartlepool United attacking-midfielder Josh Hawkes.
The 21-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Lads following the expiration of his contract at Pools and becomes the Under-23s’ seventh addition of the summer.
Hawkes made his first-team debut back in 2017 and has already made 63 career appearances for the National League side, scoring 13 goals in that time.
The midfielder has also enjoyed loan spells with Northern Premier League sides Marske United and Dunston UTS
After putting pen to paper on a deal at the Academy of Light, Hawkes said: “I’m over the moon. It’s been in the pipeline for a while now, so to get it finally sorted is great. I can’t wait to get started.”
Head coach Elliott Dickman added: “We’re really pleased with this signing. He has lots of National League experience with Hartlepool and that will really benefit him and the younger lads in the group. Our job is to improve him further and hopefully he will progress with us.”