Sunderland AFC news: Striker’s new deal, Cattermole on life under Allardyce, what next for released players?

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Sunderland have moved quickly to secure the future of promising young striker Lynden Gooch.

He has signed a three-year contract extension.

Gooch becomes the latest youngster at Sunderland to agree fresh terms with the Black Cats after Rees Greenwood, Ethan Robson, Max Stryjek, George Honeyman and Tommy Robson have all penned new deals over recent weeks.

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Meanwhile, we take an in-depth look at what is next for four young players released by Sunderland.

Mikael Mandron, Liam Agnew, Martin Smith and Dylan McEvoy will leave the club when their contracts expire this summer.

Mandron and Agnew both made substitute outings for the first team, while Smith had been on the bench, yet they now have to consider their careers elsewhere after being released.

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And finally, Lee Cattermole has lifted the lid on his experiences playing under Sam Allardyce.

Cattermole said: “It’s obviously a change of manager and a change of styles, but the gaffer believes I can affect the game for him in the way he wants to play, playing in that higher position.

“I see my form suffer sometimes.

“I’ve had a couple of injuries to my back this year that have been really tough, but people overlook that.

“I come back, train for one day and then I play. People start giving you some abuse from the side, and you think, ‘Well I’m not even fit’.

“It’s learning again. I’m enjoying the position. You’ve got to work hard and when the gaffer came and played me there, I thought ‘I’m going to have to get fitter because I’m not fit enough to play how he wants me to’.

“I feel it’s coming though.”

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