Former Sunderland youngster Jack Newman has discussed his next move after being released by the Black Cats this summer.
As a result of those dull 2019/2020 campaigns, academy manager Paul Reid left his role with immediate effect at the end of June, prompting the club to advertise for someone to replace him.
A number of player exits have also followed with Newman being one of those from the under-18 setup.
The Scotland youth international was released by the Wearside club earlier this summer and the goalkeeper has now completed a move back to his homeland with Dundee United
Discussing his excitement at the move, Newman said: “I’m delighted to be here and can’t wait to get started.
“I got told before we broke up for lockdown that I wouldn’t be staying on at Sunderland but within a couple of days Dundee United came forward and were really keen to bring me in.
“It’s clear there are people here who care about the club and the players and that drew me here straight away.
“I’d say my main strength is my consistency – I like to think of myself as an all-round keeper. I feel comfortable with the ball at my feet and in my hands.
“I want to get my name out there and make an impact on the lads here and get some involvement in the first team. Hopefully if I do well I’ll be able to get some game time.
“You only have to look at the names who have come through at Dundee United to realise how promising the academy is moving forward.”
Newman appeared 11 times for Sunderland’s under-18 side in the 2019/20 season, conceding a total of 48 goals in the process.
Newman will be delighted at finding a new club so quickly, especially with the record he and the under-18 setup had last season.
Of course, results at youth level are somewhat hard to judge but anyone watching the performances of the under-18’s or under-23’s would have wondered if any of the players were worth having another look at.
Newman is excited about his next career step and who can blame him…
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