Striker Watmore excited by move to Sunderland

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TEENAGE striker Duncan Watmore is relishing the prospect of developing his skills at Sunderland’s academy after penning a two-year contract with the Black Cats.

The 19-year-old will join Sunderland’s Under-21 squad in July after the Black Cats struck a deal with non-league Altrincham Town.

Watmore netted 14 goals in 29 games for the Blue Square North outfit this season, while combining his studies in an economics and finance course at Manchester University.

Those figures had seen relegated Championship outfit Peterborough keep tabs on the frontman, but Sunderland made their move for the player, who was on the books of Manchester United as a youngster.

Watmore said: “I am delighted at the opportunity Sunderland have given me and excited by the move.

“They have one of the finest academies in England and the Sunderland people have been very welcoming and professional throughout.

“I also want to put on record my thanks to Altrincham for giving me my chance and developing me. The whole club have supported me all the way.”

Sunderland academy manager Ged McNamee added: “We are pleased to welcome Duncan to the club and wish him the best of luck.”

Meanwhile, York City are hopeful of sealing a deal for released Sunderland midfielder Adam Reed. The 22-year-old spent the final month of last season on loan with the Minstermen after being told his contract at the Stadium of Light would not be renewed.

Reed’s hometown club Hartlepool United have been keeping tabs on the Black Cats academy product.

But York boss Nigel Worthington has revealed he is in discussions with Reed’s representatives, although it will depend whether the League Two club can agree a financial package.

“His agent has rang me and he knows I like the lad,” said Worthington.

“He has obviously been on a certain level of wages at Sunderland but there has to be a sense of realism in that respect and, if that’s the case, then I will put the ball in their court.

“I am hoping they come back with something sensible and reasonable and his agent has told me he thinks it would good for the boy because he enjoyed his time with us and he feels he could learn a lot working under myself, which was nice to hear.”