SUNDERLAND stopper Jordan Pickford has joined Carlisle on a month’s loan.
Academy product Pickford is yet to make his first-team debut for the Black Cats after being an unused substitute on 13 occasions this season.
But Pickford is rated highly at the Stadium of Light and Sunderland are keen to ensure the England Under-19 stopper continues his development.
Pickford spent time on loan at League Two club Burton Albion earlier this season and will now get the chance to impress in League One under Carlisle boss and ex-Sunderland midfielder Graham Kavanagh.
Kavanagh said: “We were given an opportunity to bring Jordan in and it’s one I didn’t feel we could turn down.
“He’s an extremely good up and coming keeper and he is very highly thought of by his club. He’s a good shot stopper, he comes for crosses and he gives assurance to the back four.
“He’s in a good place in terms of readiness because he constantly trains with their first team and he has spent time with Alfreton and Burton on loan relatively recently.
“The next step in his development is to play in League One and we actually asked a question about him two weeks ago.
“They wanted to keep hold of him at the time but Gus Poyet called me yesterday and suggested that it was something we could now do.
“He’s placed a 24-hour recall on him, but he is very happy to put him in our hands. Going back just a couple of days it wasn’t something I thought would come off but they have helped in a huge way financially and with the deal overall.”