Sunderland's League One rivals set to land former Newcastle United prospect

Sunderland’s third tier rivals Rotherham United are set to run the rule over an ex-Newcastle United prospect as they look to strengthen their League One hand.

Monday, 30th September 2019, 1:00 pm
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The Echo understands former Magpies winger Callum Roberts is heading down to the New York Stadium for a trial this week.

Roberts has scored seven goals in eight appearances for National League North side Blyth Spartans this season, managed by Lee Clark.

That run has included two hat-tricks in a week against Curzon Ashton and AFC Telford United.

The 22-year-old started his career with United but only made a total of two appearances in black and white – which included a goal in last season’s third round FA Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers.

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Roberts has previously had loan spells with Gateshead, Kilmarnock and Colchester United. In the summer he was linked with a move to Panathinaikos, but that deal failed to materialise.