Sunderland striker the latest to seal loan exit with more expected

South Shields have signed exciting forward Lee Connelly from Sunderland on a 28-day youth loan.

Thursday, 22nd August 2019, 1:30 pm
South Shields have signed Lee Connelly from Sunderland on a 28-day youth loan.

The 19-year-old, who has represented Scotland at youth levels, could make his debut for Shields in Saturday's league game against Hyde United at Mariners Park.

Connelly joins fellow Sunderland youngster Jordan Hunter in making a loan switch to the Mariners.

He can play anywhere across the forward line and made his debut for the Black Cats' first team in the EFL Cup last October.

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South Shields joint manager Graham Fenton said: "We have watched Lee on a number of occasions and have been really impressed with him over the last 12 months.

"We have been particularly impressed with his work ethic, awareness of spaces and well-timed movements, as well as his finishing ability.

"He is a versatile forward who can play across all three front positions, and we're delighted to bring him on board to bolster the squad in this early part of the season when we have so many games coming thick and fast."

The striker is the second Sunderland player to join South Shields on loan.

Earlier this week, Hunter also arrived on a 28-day youth loan.

The 19-year-old right-back came on as a second half substitute for the Black Cats in July's pre-season friendly between the sides at Mariners Park.

Picton said: "He is a player we have watched on a number of occasions and we feel he will strengthen our squad heading into a period when we will play a lot of games in a short period of time."