Sunderland sign ex-Darlington man Harrison

SAFC Youth team coach Craig Liddle
SAFC Youth team coach Craig Liddle
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SUNDERLAND have handed a permanent contract to former Darlington centre-half Scott Harrison.

The Echo revealed earlier this month how the 19-year-old was on trial with Sunderland’s development squad after being recommended by Black Cats Under-18s coach and ex-Darlington boss Craig Liddle.

Sunderland snapped up one of Liddle’s former protégés earlier this summer after handing a one-year contract to 18-year-old left-back David Ferugson.

And now Harrison has added to the ex-Quakers contingent at the Academy of Light by penning a deal until the end of the season with Kevin Ball’s U21s squad.

Ball said: “Scott was recommended to us and we gave him an opportunity to come in.

“We see in him a lad giving all the intentions of wanting to work at his game and we feel he warrants a contract until the end of the season, which we were delighted to offer him.”

Harrison made his first-team debut for Darlington last December after the financial crisis engulfing the club forced caretaker manager Liddle to turn to the youth team.

The teenager went on to make 10 first-team appearances for the Quakers before a back problem brought a premature end to his season in March.

But Harrison was released by Darlington during the summer as the club folded and reformed in the Northern League.