Sunderland sign former Manchester United goalkeeper
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Max Johnstone has signed a one-year deal at Sunderland AFC.
The 19-year-old is the latest addition to the club's academy and will go into Elliott Dickman’s Under-23 squad for the 2018-19 season.
The stopper, who has been on trial since the start of pre-season, joins the Black Cats after spells with Manchester United and Fleetwood Town.
Johnstone played 45 minutes in the recent Under-23 4-2 friendly win over Sunderland RCA, with first team manager Jack Ross watching on.
Johnstone said: "I’m buzzing to sign, the last few weeks have been really good and all the lads have helped me settle into the club.
"The facilities here are absolutely unreal. I’ve been so impressed with everything, it is a massive club to represent and I can’t wait to get started. It is an important year for me, I’ve got to get my head down and work hard."
Academy manager, Paul Reid added: “Max was a player who was flagged up after he came in during the previous season.
"He was someone we wanted to take another look at and Mark Prudhoe was very complimentary of him after he came in last year.
“His attitude has been brilliant since he came in and it has been nice to see him improve over the weeks. He is a good size and character, and he is someone we think can develop.”
Johnstone is the younger brother of former Man United keeper Sam Johnstone, who spent last season on loan at Aston Villa and has recently signed for West Brom.
He joined Man United from Fleetwood Town in summer 2016 after impressing on trial and was a regular in United's Under-18s, while also appearing for the Under-23s.
His signing was confirmed on the day the Under-23 fixtures were announced.
Dickman's side will kick-off the new Premier League 2 campaign on home soil against Stoke City at Eppleton Colliery Welfare on Monday 13 August (KO 7pm).
They then make the short journey to Tyneside a week later as they face rivals Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Monday, August 20 (KO 7pm).
An away trip at Reading then proceeds that before successive home games with West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City follow.
The home fixture against Newcastle is scheduled for Monday, January 7 at the Stadium of Light (KO 7pm).
The longest trip of all is saved until last, Sunderland travel to Southampton for their final match of the season on Monday, April 29.
Monday 13 Stoke City H 7pm Eppleton Colliery
Monday 20th Newcastle United A 7pm St James Park
Saturday 25th Reading A 1pm Madejski Stadium
Monday 3rd West Bromwich Albion H 7pm Eppleton Colliery
Sunday 16th Norwich City H 12.30pm Stadium of Light
Monday 24th Wolverhampton Wanderers A 7pm AFC Telford
Monday 1st Aston Villa H 7pm Eppleton Colliery
Saturday 6th PL Cup
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Friday 19th Manchester United A 7pm Leigh Sports Village
Sunday 28th Southampton H 12.30pm Eppleton Colliery
Friday 2nd Fulham A 7pm Craven Cottage
Saturday 10th PL Cup
Monday 26th Middlesbrough H 7pm Eppleton Colliery
Saturday 1st PL Cup
Monday 10th Wolverhampton Wanderers H 7pm Eppleton Colliery
Monday 17th Norwich City A 7pm Colney Training Centre
Monday 7th Newcastle United H 7pm Stadium of Light
Monday 14th Stoke City A 7pm TBC
Saturday 19th PL Cup
Sunday 3rd Reading H 12.30pm Eppleton Colliery
Saturday 9th PL Cup
Monday 18th West Bromwich Albion A 7pm Kidderminster Harriers FC
Saturday 23rd PL Cup
Monday 4th Aston Villa A 7pm Banks Stadium
Monday 11th Manchester United H 7pm Stadium of Light
Saturday 16th PL Cup
Saturday 30th PL Cup Quarter Final
Sunday 7th Middlesbrough A 1pm Riverside Stadium
Monday 15th Fulham H 7pm Eppleton Colliery
Monday 29th Southampton A 7pm St Marys Stadium