Sunderland midfielder Dan Neil scoops prestigious award after breakthrough season

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Dan Neil has been named North East Football Writers’ Association's young player of the year 2021.

The Sunderland-born midfielder capped a brilliant year by becoming the fourth academy player from the club to win the 13-year-old award, following Jack Colback and England keeper Jordan Pickford, who won it twice.

Neil was a key member of Sunderland's Wembley-winning Football League Trophy team and has established himself in the Sunderland first team under Lee Johnson this season.

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Neil, 20, has scored three goals in his 33 appearances for Sunderland and he has also earned a call-up to the England Under-20 squad.

Sunderland's Dan Neil.Sunderland's Dan Neil.
Sunderland's Dan Neil.

Towards the end of last year, Academy of Light graduate Neil signed a new contract, keeping him at the Stadium of Light until 2025.

After signing fresh terms, Neil – a boyhood Sunderland fan – stated that there was 'nowhere he would rather be'.

And that will be music to Sunderland fans’ ears.

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