Sunderland goalkeeper reacts after signing new contract amid Manchester United, Premier League and EFL interest
Promising young Sunderland goalkeeper Adam Richardson has committed his future to the club amid interest from Premier League and EFL clubs.
The England youth international has signed a ‘long-term deal’, though the exact length hasn’t been disclosed.
Manchester United were among the clubs interested in the 16-year-old.
Richardson said: “I’m incredibly proud to have signed this contract and I can’t quite believe it. I have been at Sunderland since I was eight, so it means a lot to me to have committed my future to the club.
“It’s not just for me, though, my family have been there every step of the way. I have also worked with a lot of great coaches since I arrived, including Mark Prudhoe who has been the one to help me through a lot of high and lows.
“He has had a big influence on me, and I’m looking forward to working with him over the next few years.”
Academy goalkeeping coach Mark Prudhoe added: “I am delighted that Adam has signed a contract with the club. He is a great young goalkeeper coming through our system and we are all excited by his potential.
“Hopefully he can eat that potential up, and if he does, I think we might have another graduate coming along sooner rather than later.”
A club statement read: “Currently representing SAFC’s under-16s, the 2020-21 season will see Richardson continue his development on a full-time basis when he joins the youth team at the Academy of Light.”
The academy last week regained category one status.