Sunderland Confirm The Signing Of Another Potential Young Star As Coach Speaks Out

Sunderland academy coach John Hewitson has said they decided against signing multiple trailists in the summer.

Sunderland took a look at a few players as they weighed up their options. However, non managed to land a deal at the Stadium of Light in the end.

Winger Silko Thomas, 18, was one who the Black Cats eyed following his exit from Chelsea, along with former Blackpool defender Bobby Bjork and Swedish youngster Gideon Granstrom.


Hewitson has said, as per Sunderland Echo: “The club chose not to pursue and also the boys chose to go elsewhere. It’s just one of them things, that was something that we looked at, we had different lines of going into that avenue but it just didn’t come off. We move on and have a look at other people really and it’s just one of them things.”

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Thomas has now been snapped up by fellow Championship side Leicester City following his temporary stint at Sunderland. He rose up through the academy ranks at Chelsea.


The Jamaica-born man was a regular for the Blues at various youth levels during his time on the books at Stamford Bridge. However, he never made a senior appearance and was released at the end of the last campaign.


Bjork cut ties with Blackpool after their relegation to League One last term. The Seasiders made the tough decision not to extend his contract at Bloomfield Road when it expired at the end of June.


The 18-year-old has now decided to drop into non-league and has been snapped up by Burscough. They play their football in the North West Counties League.


Sunderland are back in action on Friday with an away trip to Sheffield Wednesday. The Black Cats lost 1-0 at home to Cardiff City last time out and will be eager to bounce back at Hillsborough.


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