Freed Sunderland keeper Carson joins Bury

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RELEASED Sunderland goalkeeper Trevor Carson has agreed a two-year deal with League One Bury.

The Shakers were always in pole position to land Carson after the Northern Ireland stopper enjoyed two loan spells at Gigg Lane this season.

Carson was offered a contract at the tail end of the campaign after his 17 appearances helped Richard Barker’s side successfully secure their League One survival.

And the 24-year-old has now been unveiled as a Bury player, following Sunderland’s decision last week to allow the keeper to leave the club on a free transfer.

That brought an end to Carson’s eight-year stay at the Stadium of Light after coming through the club’s academy ranks.

He never managed a first-team appearance for the Black Cats, despite several outings as an unused substitute – 10 times this season.

Carson enjoyed loan spells with Chesterfield, Lincoln, Brentford and Hull, but it was at Bury where he proved a success after registering four clean sheets.

Meanwhile, fellow released Sunderland stopper Craig Gordon is thought to be attracting the attention of officials at managerless West Brom.

Gordon is not lacking suitors after being freed by Sunderland last week, with Britain’s most expensive goalkeeper now available for nothing.

Celtic are long-term admirers of the Scotland international, while Arsenal are also thought to be considering the 29-year-old to provide competition to first-choice Wojciech Szczesny.

The Baggies have now emerged as another club interested in landing Gordon, with the future of on-loan stopper Ben Foster still to be resolved.

Foster has just completed a season-long loan from West Midlands rivals Birmingham City and, ideally, West Brom would like to sign the former Manchester United man on a permanent basis.

But West Ham are also interested in Foster and Gordon would offer a fall-back option for West Brom.