Sunderland have demonstrated their hopes for young forward Lynden Gooch after agreeing terms over a new three-year deal at the Stadium of Light.
Gooch has impressed this season both at Under-21 level and during a loan spell at League One Doncaster Rovers.
The 20-year-old has been rewarded for that progress with a contract which will keep him at Sunderland until the summer of 2019.
It’s a statement of Sunderland’s confidence in Gooch being able to eventually make an impact at first-team level, with the final two years of the contract coming at senior, rather than U21 level.
The USA Under-23 international did impress on his first-team debut as a substitute in August’s Capital One Cup win over Exeter City.
And he made 10 appearances during a two-month loan spell at Doncaster, before an ankle injury brought a premature end to his stint at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Gooch becomes the latest youngster at Sunderland to agree fresh terms with the Black Cats after Rees Greenwood, Ethan Robson, Max Stryjek, George Honeyman and Tommy Robson have all penned new deals over recent weeks.
However, Sunderland confirmed earlier this week that the quartet of Mikael Mandron, Liam Agnew, Martin Smith and Dylan McEvoy will be released this summer.