Former Hartlepool youngster Kenton Richardson has completed a move to Sunderland and has spoken for the first time as a Black Cats player.
The Black Cats’ academy sides had a torrid 2019/2020 season which saw both the under-18 and under-23’s struggle in their respective league’s and suffer full campaigns without a single win.
After such a disappointing season at youth level, former academy manager Paul Reid left his role, prompting speculation over the future of the Wearside club’s Tier 1 academy status.
A whole host of players left the academy setup leaving the future questionable for the Academy of Light, but Richardson has joined three other new arrivals.
Sam Wilding, Bobby Beaumont and Vinnie Steels all arrived earlier this month to strengthen Elliot Dickman’s under-23 side prior to Richardson’s move.
The 21-year-old, who began his career with the National League side has made a total of 50 first team appearances for the club and he has now commented on his move to the Black Cats via the club’s official website.
“I’m delighted to sign for the club. It’s extra special for me because I used to have a season ticket here with my dad. I can’t wait to get going now and push on this season.”
Dickman also commented on the youngster’s arrival, saying: “We’re very pleased with the signing of Kenton. He has a lot of experience at National League level despite his young age, so that’s going to add something to our group and really help the younger players. His attitude is very good and it’s down to him now to progress to the first team.”
Another recruit for the under-23 side and a sign that Sunderland are keen to improve the youth setup and bounce back after last season.
Four new arrivals have bolstered Dickman’s options and if they impress, first team boss Phil Parkinson may opt to utilise next term in League One.
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