Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: Ex-academy duo on the move, strong interest in midfielder

Tuesday proved to be a dramatic day at the Academy of Light with the academy manager Paul Reid departing and confirmation staff and players have had their furlough leave extended until the end of August.

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We will have all the fallout on our live blog throughout the day plus the very latest from the Stadium of Light.

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Ethan Robson is attracting a lot of interest after his exit from the club last month. We’ve got the latest on our blog.

Ex-Sunderland midfielder Ethan Robson.

Sunderland AFC news: Transfer and takeover latest

Last updated: Wednesday, 01 July, 2020, 17:52

  • Sunderland have extended their use of the furlough scheme for staff and players until the end of August.
  • The club is looking for a new academy manager after Paul Reid’s exit.

Ex-academy duo on the move

He’s looking for a new club

Former Sunderland youth has a new club

Ex-SAFC keeper on the move

An Eastleigh statement read: "Eastleigh Football Club can today confirm that goalkeeper Max Stryjek will not be signing a new deal with the club.

“We would like to thank Max for his efforts during his time at the Silverlake, and wish him all the best for the next stage of his career. Stryjek made 58 appearances during his two spells at the club.”

A little more positive around fans coming back to grounds

EFL chairman Rick Parry told The Times on Tuesday that he is hopeful that some fans could be allowed into grounds for the start of the 2020/21 season.

While no dates have been confirmed, clubs are expecting a planned restart date in mid-September.

“The green shoots of recovery are definitely there,” Parry said.

“I don’t want to pre-empt what the government’s going to say in the next couple of weeks but the talk about spectators returning, albeit gradually, is definitely ramping up in volume at the moment.” 

Will Sunderland regret his exit?

Ethan Robson has already attracted interest from sides in League One and the Scottish Premiership.

Robson has been released by Sunderland and while he admitted to The Echo that the decision had been ‘a kick in the teeth’, he feels that with chances of first-team football on Wearside limited, it could yet prove to be a blessing in disguise.

The 23-year-old is in demand after making a positive impression in loan spells at Dundee and more recently, in League Two with Grimsby Town.

Ethan Robson opens up on his future

“I’ve had a lot of interest,” Robson said.

“I think the big thing is going to be the restart date.

“When there’s officially a restart date I think there’ll be a lot more offers around.

“I’ve had some which is good, there are options.

“I’ve had interest from League One and League Two, and there are some teams in the Scottish Premier League who are interested.

“It’s definitely exciting times.

“I want to cement my place in a team next season and push on.”

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