Promising Sunderland striker signs new contract

Sunderland striker Andrew Nelson.Sunderland striker Andrew Nelson.
Sunderland striker Andrew Nelson.
Promising Sunderland striker Andrew Nelson has signed a new contract, the Echo understands.

The 20-year-old penned the new one-year deal before he joined Scottish side Falkirk on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Nelson, who had a loan spell at Hartlepool United last season, was due to be out of contract this summer but has agreed a new deal to extend his stay at Sunderland.

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Nelson has made four appearances for Falkirk since joining on loan on New Year’s Day and while he is yet to score, his performances - and non-stop workrate - have impressed.

Falkirk manager Paul Hartley, speaking after a recent win over Morton, said: “Nelson is a handful, he probably should have scored.

“He had some good opportunities. But I tell you what he goes out there and works centre-backs. He takes the ball in and keeps it.”

The Echo has learned Nelson, who also had a loan spell at Harrogate Town this season, signed a new one-year deal before heading north for his latest loan spell.

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The striker is well regarded within Elliott Dickman’s Under-23 set-up at Sunderland.

Earlier this month, Nelson told The Falkirk Herald: “I’ll always fight, I’ll always put myself about and try to do something to affect the match.

“Every loan is an experience and I need to take as much as I can from them to further my career.

“Hartlepool was my first move, in League Two, and I was buzzing to get out there and do what I needed to do.

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“It didn’t work out how I wanted – I damaged my medial ligament in my knee after four games so that was my season over.

“Then I spent some time at Harrogate because I needed a physical challenge as well as senior football and it worked wonders.

“When I got back I was a lot more physical in myself and caught the eye of Falkirk, so it did well for me,” added Nelson, who is yet to feature for Sunderland’s first team.