by Graeme Anderson
YOUNG Sunderland midfielder Adam Reed has joined League One side Portsmouth on loan.
The Hartlepool-born 21-year-old will be eligible to play in Pompey’s next game – which is against Hartlepool United at Fratton Park this Saturday.
Reed will be with the south coast side for an initial month-long spell, although his stay could be extended to the end of the season if it goes well.
It is a big move for a player who has been with Sunderland’s Academy since the age of eight.
He has been on Sunderland’s bench several times but never featured in a first-team game.
He does, though, have Football League experience to call upon, having made 12 appearances during a loan spell at Brentford between February and May 2011.
He was then loaned out to both Bradford and Leyton Orient in 2011-12, playing 15 games in total.
The Echo revealed earlier this week that Sunderland were in the midst of a clear-out of young players including Blair Adams, James Armstrong and Reed, while the Sunderland futures of Craig Lynch and Ryan Noble were uncertain.