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Sunderland: Former academy product departs for United Arab Emirates

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Former Sunderland academy product Rees Greenwood is set for a move to United Arab Emirates side Al Sahel.

Winlaton born winger Greenwood joined the Black Cats’ Academy of Light at the age of eight years old and developed through the club’s various youth sides before making his Premier League debut against Watford back in 2016.

However, it would prove to be his one and only top-flight appearance as he was deemed surplus to requirements at the club and loaned out to Gateshead in 2018.

A short spell in non-league football saw Greenwood move on to Scottish side Falkirk, before spells with Spennymoor Town and West Auckland Town.

The former England youth international is now set for a move to UAE where he could join up with former Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United, Hartlepool United and Northern Ireland midfielder David McCreery.

McCreery has recently move to the UAE to take over as vice president of Al Sahel, and he has revealed his desire to bring in a number of United Kingdom based players.

Speaking to Belfast Live, McCreery said:  “At present we are focusing on the recruitment of players from all over the world – Brazil, Africa but also players currently plying their trade in the United Kingdom.”

Having developed through Sunderland’s youth ranks and had a spell with England’s youth sides which saw him play alongside Marcus Rashford, Greenwood has had quite a downfall in his footballing career.

However, a move to UAE could give him a fresh start and he could make an impression abroad.

What do you remember about Greenwood’s time at Sunderland? Let us know in the comments section below…

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