Promising goalkeeper agrees new deal as Sunderland announce string of key academy contract calls
Promising goalkeeper Anthony Patterson has signed a new contract at Sunderland.
The Echo understands that Patterson has signed a one-year deal as he looks to push closer to first-team contention.
Sunderland confirmed that the youngster has agreed a new deal after publishing their retained list for the new campaign.
It sees a significant number of U18 and U23 regulars released after a very challenging campaign for the two teams.
Former Chelsea youngster Ruben Sammut has been released, as has Jack Bainbridge, Owen Gamble and goalkeeper Ahmed Abdelkader.
Sunderland have also offered new deals to U23 trio Brandon Taylor, Benji Kimpioka and Jordan Hunter.
Hunter enjoyed a successful loan spell at South Shields last season, while Taylor impressed first-team manager Phil Parkinson when making his debut against Gillingham in the FA Cup.
Kimpioka's future remains uncertain, with his agent insistent that he will only consider signing should he be offered guarantees surrounding his status as a first-team player.
As such, it remains possible that he will still opt to leave.
However, the offer of a new deal is key as it means that Sunderland will be entitled to compensation should he sign for a new club.
Bali Mumba is included in the retained list, but is expected to seal a move to Norwich City in the coming weeks.
Players aged under 24 as of 30 June 2020 who have been retained or have a contract offer pending:
Benji Kimpioka (offer made)
Brandon Taylor (offer made)
Jordan Hunter (offer made)
Players aged under 24 as of 30 June 2020 who have been released: