Sunderland striker joins Harrogate Town on month-long loan deal

Andrew Nelson on loan at Hartlepool United last season.
Andrew Nelson on loan at Hartlepool United last season.
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Sunderland striker Andrew Nelson has joined Harrogate Town on a 28-day youth loan.

The 20-year-old forward, who had a spell on loan at Hartlepool United last season, has been training with Vanarama National League North outfit Harrogate, currently top of the league.

Nelson, yet to make a first team appearance for Sunderland, is now in line to face Leamington at The CNG Stadium after his loan move was confirmed.

Harrogate manager Simon Weaver said: "He’s a number nine type centre forward, if you get balls into him he will look after it, he’s got a little bit of aggression to him and he’s got a fierce strike behind him too.

"We needed that bit of physicality up front and we are delighted he has joined us.

"Paul Thirwell went to watch him and reported back the he liked what he saw and that he would be our type of player, he has a lot of desire and the physical attributes that make him a good all round centre-forward."

The strong and robust striker was sent out on loan to North East neighbours Pools last season but his spell was cut short by a serious knee injury, Nelson making just four appearances before returning to the Academy of Light for treatment.

Highly-rated by the club’s academy staff, fit-again Nelson has been a regular for the Under-18 and Under-23 sides.

As previously reported by the Echo, there was summer interest in him from a number of Scottish Championship clubs.

Other Under-23 players out on loan are goalkeeper Max Stryjek at League Two Accrington Stanley while centre-back Michael Ledger has impressed on loan at National League side Hartlepool United.

Football League sides cannot loan players outside the two transfer windows so moves to non-league teams or teams abroad is the only current option for Sunderland's youngsters ahead of the January window opening.