Jack Baldwin set to join Sunderland's League One rivals following his Stadium of Light release
Jack Baldwin is set to join Bristol Rovers following his release from Sunderland.
Bristol Live claim that the Gas are on the verge of clinching the signing of the former Peterborough United defender, who was not offered a new contract by manager Phil Parkinson this summer.
Baldwin, who spent most of the 2019/20 season on loan at League Two side Salford City, will become a free agent when his contract expires on June 30.
But he won’t have to wait long to team-up with a new side, with Bristol Rovers boss Ben Garner having made the 26-year-old a top summer target.
Having joined the Black Cats in 2018 as one of Jack Ross’ first signings, Baldwin was a key member of the Sunderland squad who embarked on their first season in the third tier.
But he struggled to bounce back from a disappointing performance in the 5-4 defeat to Coventry City during the promotion run-in and, despite impressing against Premier League Burnley in the Carabao Cup earlier this season, was allowed to join Salford on loan.
While there, Baldwin suffered an injury which sidelined him for a number of months before his return coincided with a switch in position to central midfielder.
The Gas, however, are understood to have signed the ex-Hartlepool man as a defensive option – with former Gillingham captain Max Ehmer also expected to put pen to paper at the Memorial Stadium in the coming days.