Sunderland AFC transfer news: Cats take 'brilliant' ex-Manchester United and Burnley midfielder on trial

Sunderland have taken ex-Manchester United and Burnley midfielder Ben Woods on trial.

The player started Monday night’s game against Aston Villa under-21s at Eppleton Colliery Welfare in the Premier League 2 Division 2.

The 19-year-old saw his contract at Turf Moore expire in June after The Clarets were relegated to the Championship.

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Wigan-born Woods was previously part of Manchester United’s academy set-up until 2018, before moving to Burnley.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Ben Woods of Burnley tackles Tommy Doyle of Manchester City during the FA Youth Cup match between Manchester City and Burnley at The Academy Stadium on March 04, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

Back in 2019, Burnley under-23 boss Steve Stone was impressed with Woods and spoke about him positively after a game against Colchester.

"Ben Woods stuck out like a sore thumb," said Stone. "Christian (N'Guessan) helped him out and they played well together.

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"Ben got a goal and I was asking the midfield players to get into the box and for a 16-year-old to get into the box and get a goal at that stage in the game is brilliant. I was delighted for both of them.”