Sunderland stopper Pickford joins Burton

LOAN MOVE ... Jordan Pickford
LOAN MOVE ... Jordan Pickford
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PROMISING rookie Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford has joined League Two Burton Albion on a season-long loan.

The England Under-19 stopper is highly rated at the Stadium of Light after training with the first-team for the last two campaigns.

But Pickford’s competitive experience is limited to the Conference after loan spells with Darlington and then last season at Alfreton Town.

Pickford, who kept five clean sheets in 12 games for Alfreton, is now expected to make his Football League debut for the Brewers at Cheltenham Town tomorrow after finalising a youth loan with the club.

Burton boss Gary Rowett said: “I’ve looked at lots of keepers this summer and felt Jordan was my number one target.

“I’m really pleased to get him on board.

“He’s 19 and looks like a young keeper – but he doesn’t play like one.

“Nicky Law (Alfreton manager) practically begged me to sign him.

“We’ve seen him ourselves and we were impressed.

“He did really well at Alfreton for a young keeper.

“He played in real physical games and he came for his crosses, no problem.

“He can kick it miles off both feet too and is one of the best kickers I’ve seen.”