Sunderland midfielder Dan Wright joins South Shields on loan

South Shields' new signing, Sunderland midfielder Dan Wright
South Shields' new signing, Sunderland midfielder Dan Wright

South Shields last night sealed the signing of Sunderland midfielder Dan Wright on a 28-day youth loan.

Bosses Lee Picton and Graham Fenton – whose table-topping side host Mossley in the Evo-Stik North today – will have Wright available for the next month. His deal runs until February 11.

He has played for England at Under-16, U17 and U18 levels but has found Under-23 football hard to come by for the Black Cats this term.

Nevertheless, he heads to Mariners Park in good spirits, following a well-taken double in last weekend’s 2-1 Premier League 2 victory over Derby.

Meanwhile, Sunderland Under-23s entertain Chelsea in Premier League 2 tomorrow. The game, at Eppleton CW, kicks off at noon.

Sunderland Under-23s have been drawn away to Northern League club Dunston UTS in the Durham Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

The tie, which is scheduled to be played by February 3, will be Sunderland’s first visit to Dunston in almost 30 years.

Their last visit was a group tie in the shortlived Durham Senior Cup when the Tyneside club were big-hitters in the Wearside League.

Quarter-final draw: Spennymoor Town v Shildon, Easington Colliery v Consett, Dunston UTS v Sunderland Under-23s, Hartlepool United v South Shields