Sunderland’s revamp of their under-23 side is set to continue with the signing of former Hartlepool defender Kenton Richardson.
The Black Cats’ academy sides had a torrid 2019/2020 season which saw both the under-18 and under-23’s unable to record a single victory in their respective divisions.
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 which was added to after a whole host of players left the academy setup.
Three new faces have since arrived to bolster Elliot Dickman’s under-23 side in the shape of Sam Wilding, Bobby Beaumont and Vinnie Steels.
Richardson, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Hartlepool United this summer, is now expected to sign terms at the Academy of Light.
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.
If this deal does go through, it will act as another good move by the club to ensure a season as bad as last, does not happen again.
The under-23 side is an important gap between the youth setup at Sunderland the first team, and the club has to ensure that it moves forward.
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