Former Sunderland youngster Connor Shields receives several full-time contract offers

Former Sunderland youngster Connor Shields admits he has a big decision to make – having attracted heavy interest since leaving the Stadium of Light.

By Mark Donnelly
Tuesday, 18 June, 2019, 16:27
Ex-Sunderland youngster Connor Shields has discussed his time on Wearside

Shields, who failed to make a first-team appearance during his time on Wearside, was released last month after his 18-month contract came to an end.

And having impressed during a loan spell at Alloa last season, the striker is now fielding enquiries from across the UK ahead of his next move.

“I’m looking to stay full-time,“ he admitted, speaking to the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser. “I have got options in Scotland, in England and Ireland and they are all in full-time football.

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“I have spoken to a few teams and a few managers. Now I just need to make sure I pick the right team and get settled in full-time football.”

And wherever he finds himself next season, Shields feels he will be a better player for his time at Sunderland – despite some initial challenges.

“It was a really big change to go from part-time football at Albion Rovers to full-time with a big club like Sunderland,” he admitted.

“I didn’t get that pre-season of full-time football, and although I was playing I think that didn’t help me in my first season. Getting to play around the first team was a great experience though. I really think I have grown as a player.”