Sunderland’s Jack Diamond could be subject to a bid from former loan club Harrogate Town who remain keen on the attacker.
The 20-year-old scored Harrogate’s third goal as they sealed promotion to the Football League for the first time in their club history, beating Notts County in the play-off final.
The youngster proved himself to be a key player for the newly promoted League Two side, having moved to join them on a season long loan deal last summer.
Returning to the Stadium of Light this summer, Diamond has been taking part in pre-season training following his own comments made on his desire to establish himself at the club.
Despite those comments made by Diamond and further ones from Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson on his impressions in training, Harrogate boss Simon Weaver remains optimistic he can agree a second loan deal.
Speaking to Harrogate Advertiser, Weaver said: “We need at least a couple of defenders. I’d also like another winger in to add more goals from another area of the pitch. If we can get Jack Diamond back as well, then that’s great, but we have to have competition for place.
“We’d dearly love to have Jack Diamond in our squad, but Sunderland just want a look at him in their pre-season schedule.
“If he’s not playing games for Sunderland or really in the match-day squad and pushing, I think there’ll only be one place where he’ll go out on loan, which is Harrogate Town. That’s the best we can hope for at the minute.
“I think they have enjoyed him coming out on loan to us because he’s enjoyed his football and it has accelerated his progress and development, so we’re well-placed to get Jack back but his performances have made their manager sit up and take notice as well.”
Whilst it was pretty obvious Harrogate would want Diamond back, the youngster must be handed a chance by Parkinson at the Stadium of Light next term.
Stepping up to League One may prove tricky at first but his excellent performances for Harrogate and his words of ambition to succeed for the Black Cats, make him a perfect option to have in attack.
He managed to net four goals in his loan spell last season and at just 20-years-old he has plenty of room for improvement. He is surely worth a place in the Sunderland squad.
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