FORMER Sunderland youth midfielder Adam Reed has joined League Two side Burton Albion.
The 22-year-old was also wanted by York City, where he spent five weeks on loan last season, and had also been linked with a move to hometown club Hartlepool.
But Burton, who made the play-offs last season, were his preferred choice and he has signed a one-year deal with the Brewers.
Reed, never played a competitive game for Sunderland though he did feature on the pre-season tour to the Far East last summer and was a regular in the reserve team in the Barclays Premier U21 league after coming through the youth ranks.
He spent a large chunk of last season on loan at clubs in Leagues One and Two, making 10 appearances for League One strugglers Portsmouth at the start of 2013 before returning to Sunderland and then joining another struggling side, York City.
The new York boss Nigel Worthington brought in Reed when the club were second bottom of the fourth tier of English football after a 15-game winless streak and Reed made a notable contribution as the Minstermen climbed to a final position of 17th and four points above the drop zone.