Sunderland say full commitment to club is of 'paramount importance' as goalkeeper departs

Michael Woud pictured during a loan spell at Sunderland RCA.
Michael Woud pictured during a loan spell at Sunderland RCA.
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Academy goalkeeper Michael Woud has left Sunderland to join Dutch top flight club Willem II.

Sunderland will receive an undisclosed fee for the 19-year-old New Zealand international.

Woud has not made a first team appearance for the club and expressed a desire to move on this summer.

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Sunderland issued a statement confirming his departure and said full commitment to the club from players at all levels is of 'paramount importance'.

A club statement read: "Sunderland AFC confirms that Academy goalkeeper Michael Woud has joined Dutch club Willem II.

"At whatever level a player represents Sunderland AFC, it is of paramount importance that they are committed to our club.

"Once Michael expressed a wish to move on, terms were agreed between Sunderland AFC and Willem II to facilitate his move.

"Sunderland AFC wishes Michael the best of luck for his future career."

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Woud follows teenage striker Sam Greenwood out the door at the Academy of Light.

The promising 16-year-old was in demand with Manchester United and Liverpool also keen on the teenager but Arsenal won the race to land his signature.

Writing on his Instagram account, Greenwood said: "Leaving Sunderland after 10 years, the club I love and support, was a very hard decision, I have met some special people along the way.

"Big thanks to Sunderland and all coaches past and present for everything they have done for me. I will never forget my roots."

Greenwood enjoyed a successful season for Sunderland’s Under-18 side last season, scoring six goals in 15 appearances.