Pickford pens new Sunderland contract

Date published: Tuesday 26th January 2016 3:46

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Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has signed a new deal with the Black Cats to tie him to the Stadium of Light until 2020.

The 21-year-old is rated highly on Wearside and he recently made his first-team debut in the FA Cup defeat at Arsenal.

Pickford was recently recalled from his loan spell at Preston by Sam Allardyce and started the recent 4-1 defeat at Tottenham – his first Premier League start.

Allardyce told the club’s website: “Jordan is an exceptional talent who has already demonstrated that he is comfortable playing at the highest level. At the tender age of just 21, which is still very young in goalkeeping terms, there is still a lot more potential for development which is really exciting for us.

“It’s always great to see a local lad progress through the Academy ranks especially for our fans, and I am certain that Jordan has a very bright future ahead of him here at Sunderland.”

Pickford, and England Under-21 international, joined the Black Cats at the age of eight in 2002 and has spent loan spells with Burton, Carlisle Bradford and Preston.

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