Sunderland pair move to Walsall and Brentford

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SUNDERLAND youngsters Jordan Cook and Trevor Carson will spend the rest of the season in League One after deadline day loan moves away from Wearside.

Winger Cook joined Walsall while goalkeeper Carson moved to Brentford on the final day of the Football League loan window yesterday.

Cook only made his first-team debut 12 weeks ago after coming on as a late substitute at Manchester United on Boxing Day.

The 21-year-old was then sidelined with a hamstring strain but returned in the reserves’ 2-2 draw at Manchester United last week.

It will be Cook’s second taste of a loan move away from the Stadium of Light after spending the early part of last season at Darlington.

The former Hetton School pupil, expected to make his Walsall debut against MK Dons tonight, joins a Saddlers side that has been engulfed in a relegation scrap all season with Dean Smith’s side a point adrift of safety.

Smith said: “He is a player that has been on our radar for some time.

“He’s played regularly for Sunderland reserves and has also broken into their first-team this season so it shows how highly they rate him.

“The lad can play down the middle or out wide and is full of enthusiasm and pace, something that we need right now.”

Carson was only recalled from his loan spell at League Two Lincoln City on Tuesday – bringing an end to a three-month loan spell at Sincil Bank.

It had been thought the Northern Ireland keeper would stay at Sunderland to provide cover for Simon Mignolet with Craig Gordon’s fitness still precarious.

But it appears Brentford were willing to pay a higher percentage of Carson’s wages and the 23-year-old joins fellow Sunderland youngster Adam Reed on loan at Griffin Park.

Both are expected to feature against Carlisle tonight and could come up against the Cumbrians again at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final on Sunday, April 3.