New Sunderland signing Vinnie Steels has said he has ‘unfinished business‘ at the club after returning to the under-23 setup.
The Black Cats’ academy sides endured a torrid 2019/2020 campaign, with both the under-18 and under-23 sides failing to gain a single win in their respective leagues.
Following such poor performances, Paul Reid left his role as academy manager, prompting speculation over the future of the Wearside club’s Tier 1 academy status and a whole host player exits followed.
Steels was previously in Sunderland’s academy system and returns to the club after spells with Darlington, York City and Burnley.
“It’s obviously a lot different from when I was here at Under-14,” Steels told the club’s official website.
“There’s a lot of coaches I remember from the first-time round like Elliott Dickman, Scott Pearce and Lewis Dickman, so it’s been really good to catch up with them.
“I really enjoyed my time here when I was younger, and I think I have unfinished business.
“Playing at York City was a big learning curve for me and an experience that will benefit me in the long run, as I learned the physical side of the game.”
He continued: “We’ve had a long time out but it’s great to be back, everyone has come back in decent shape.
“I can’t wait to get out on the grass playing games now and hopefully it will be a successful season.”
The Wearside club have to make significant changes at both youth and first team level, and the three arrivals have bolstered the under-23 side’s options ahead of next term.
Results are not that important at youth level but a consistent and clear pathway for young players to the first team needs to be developed.
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