Hundreds turn up to Sunderland players’ Christmas signing session

Noel Cambell-McGinn (8) meets Jordan Pickford during a signing session at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

Noel Cambell-McGinn (8) meets Jordan Pickford during a signing session at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

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Black Cat fans had an early Christmas treat when they got to meet their heroes at a signing.

Washington-born goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was back on home turf to sign autographs and pose for photos at the Galleries shopping centre where he was joined by Tunisian international midfielder Wahbi Khazri.

Jordan Pickford signing a shirt at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

Jordan Pickford signing a shirt at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

Former St Robert of Newminster pupil Jordan said: “It was unreal, to see that many fans come out and see us was amazing and I have to thank them for all their support, it really was overwhelming.”

The pair were also on hand to sign Christmas presents for the hundreds of people who came along to the signing.

Their appearance was the first in a series of festive SAFC autograph events.

The next session will take place on Thursday at 3.30pm at the Stadium of Light club store.

Jordan Pickford and Wahbi Khazri signing autographs at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

Jordan Pickford and Wahbi Khazri signing autographs at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

Supporters will be able to celebrate Jermain Defoe surpassing 150 goals in the Premier League when he puts pen to paper for the signing where he will be joined by defender Papy Djilobodji.

The signings are proving popular and people are being advised to arrive early to make sure they meet the players.

Jordan Pickford and Wahbi Khazri signing autographs at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

Jordan Pickford and Wahbi Khazri signing autographs at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

SAFC fans queuing to meet Jordan Pickford and Wahbi Khazri during a signing session at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

SAFC fans queuing to meet Jordan Pickford and Wahbi Khazri during a signing session at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

Jordan Pickford and Wahbi Khazri pose for a selfie during a signing session at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

Jordan Pickford and Wahbi Khazri pose for a selfie during a signing session at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

Wahbi Khazri signs a program for SAFC fan Jonathan McQue (27) of Chilton during a signing session at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

Wahbi Khazri signs a program for SAFC fan Jonathan McQue (27) of Chilton during a signing session at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

Donna Cowie (22) from Washington meets Jordan Pickford during a signing session at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

Donna Cowie (22) from Washington meets Jordan Pickford during a signing session at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

Donna Cowie (22) from Washington meets Jordan Pickford during a signing session at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID

Donna Cowie (22) from Washington meets Jordan Pickford during a signing session at the SAFC Club Shop in the Galleries, Washington. Picture by FRANK REID