Sunderland have completed a deal to sign Josh Hawkes, confirming the arrival of the former Hartlepool United man via the club’s official website.
An opening day draw with Bristol Rovers has put even more pressure on the shoulders of Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson and with the transfer window still open, he has now moved to bring in a new face.
Hawkes, who saw his contract expire with National League side Hartlepool United at the end of June was linked with a whole host of clubs including Burnley, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough, Huddersfield Town, Hull City and Barnsley prior to his completed deal to Sunderland.
Announcing the deal via the club’s official website, there was a twist as confirmation also followed that Hawkes would play for the club’s under-23 setup initially.
After signing on the dotted line 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.”
Hawkes, who netted 13 times for Hartlepool in 63 games, will become the second former Hartlepool player to join Sunderland this term after Kenton Richardson also joined Elliot Dickman’s under-23 side.
A good signing this as Hawkes has firmly established himself outside of the Football League as one of the most exciting young players.
Quite why Sunderland are not putting him straight into the first team mix will raise some eyebrows though.
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