Coach admits more Sunderland players could be leaving the club on loan

Elliott Dickman.
Elliott Dickman.
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Sunderland Under-23 coach Elliott Dickman hasn’t ruled out the possibility of more youngsters heading out on loan.

Andrew Nelson is currently on loan at Vanarama National League North side Harrogate Town, goalkeeper Max Stryjek at League Two Accrington Stanley and defender Michael Ledger at National League Hartlepool United.

Midfielder Chris Allan has joined Northern League side Dunston UTS on loan and Dickman admits there could yet be more loan departures from the Under-23 set-up - but he insists it has to be the right move for the club and player.

“There could be,” said Dickman, when asked if there was scope for more to head out on loan.

“Whether it is in January or sooner, it just depends. People have to come and ask the question; can we have some of your players?

“We have to then make sure it is the right place for the right person.

“It is not just as easy as saying they need to go out on loan, they need to get experience of men’s football.

“Hopefully the experience that Andrew will get, Max if he gets back in the side, young Michael Ledger at Hartlepool and Chris Allan is in the Northern League. The experience these lads is getting is really good for them.”

Nelson joined Harrogate Town on a 28-day loan towards the end of October, with Ledger on a season-long loan and Stryjek also on a season-long deal, though a hamstring injury on his debut has limited his appearances.

Centre-back Ledger, also capable of playing right-back, has made seven appearances for Pools. Nelson was the latest player to head out and Sunderland are keeping close tabs on him.

Dickman added: “Kevin Ball has been to watch him play, as has Cliff Byrne. The feedback is that he is doing well, Andrew keeps in touch with myself and gives me feedback on how he is doing too. The fact Andrew is out on loan is fantastic, he is getting that experience week in, week out.”