Manchester City experience was ‘unbelievable’ says Sunderland’s Agnew

Liam Agnew (right) and fellow youngster Martin Smith talk to Gus Poyet at Manchester City
Liam Agnew (right) and fellow youngster Martin Smith talk to Gus Poyet at Manchester City
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SUNDERLAND youngster Liam Agnew says his taste of first-team football with the Black Cats was “unbelievable”.

Academy product Agnew was on the bench for Sunderland’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City last week and travelled with the squad for the 2-1 win at Chelsea three days later.

The 19-year-old has been on loan at non-league Boston since January, yet had caught Gus Poyet’s eye in his appearances for Sunderland Under-21s and during training sessions at the Academy of Light.

And after Poyet hand-picked him to appear among the substitutes at the Etihad Stadium, Agnew admits he relished getting an insight into life in the Premier League.

“Just getting on those pitches and warming up in front of 40,000 people was unbelievable,” said the midfielder.

Sunderland’s injury situation will dictate whether Agnew features in Boston’s clash with Guiseley on Saturday or if he remains on Wearside for Sunday’s crunch relegation showdown against Cardiff City.

Under the terms of his loan, Agnew is able to feature for both clubs, with his stint at Boston akin to a work experience arrangement.

But the teenager, who has just penned a new two-year deal at Sunderland, is in no doubt that his time at the Skrill North outfit has proved to be beneficial.

“First team experience and playing against men has helped me a lot and improved me massively,” he added.

“This has been a big part of me getting into the first team squad.”