Sunderland defender Tommy Robson joins Limerick on loan, with Michael Ledger set to join Viking

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Promising youngster Tommy Robson has joined Limerick on loan, with Michael Ledger set to follow him out the door at Sunderland.

Under-23 skipper Tommy Robson has joined the Irish side on loan until the end of the season and the Echo understands Michael Ledger is set to join Norwegian outfit Viking FK on loan.

Centre-back Ledger, who had a trial at Viking earlier this month, is understood to be flying to Norway tomorrow after the 23s game tonight away at Tottenham Hotspur.

Ledger was named in the starting line-up by coach Elliott Dickman for the Premier League 2 clash against Spurs on Monday night.

Tommy Robson, a left-back, was not involved in the Under-23 squad having flown to Ireland to train with his new teammates on Monday.

Limerick boss Martin Russell said: "We’ve been looking to get some defenders in as we’re a little bit light in that area going into the new season.

"Thomas has played for Sunderland in the Premier League so you would expect there to be a bit of pedigree there.

"He is young and eager and I’m confident that he will be able to add something to our squad this season."

The duo are the latest batch of Under-23 players to be allowed out on loan.

Sunderland youngsters Tom Beadling and Andrew Nelson have been loaned out to League One Bury and League Two Hartlepool United, respectively, for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Oliver Pain has signed for SPL side Motherwell on a deal until the end of the season.