Sunderland hand new contract to midfielder linked with Rangers and Celtic

Chris Coleman.
Chris Coleman.
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Promising Sunderland midfielder Ethan Robson has signed a new two-year deal.

The 21-year-old has broken into the first team this season after making his first team debut in a Carabao Cup tie at Everton last September when Simon Grayson was in charge.

Robson has gone on to make a further eight appearances, the bulk of those under Chris Coleman and he has been rewarded with a new deal.

“I’m over the moon and buzzing to get the deal done,” said Robson.

“It is great for me personally and it’s something I’ve been wanting to get done.

“I’ve been here since I was eight. I would like to commit my future to the club. I am a Sunderland fan and I want to do as well as I can for the club.”

His previous contract was due to expire this summer with reports Scottish giants Rangers and Celtic were keeping tabs on the midfielder.

Sunderland have moved quickly to tie him down to a new deal which will keep him on Wearside until 2020.

Robson has been with Sunderland since the age of eight, rising through the club’s academy structure.

He made his first start in the FA Cup defeat away to Middlesbrough in January.