Sunderland are pleased to announce the signings of four young stars of the future.
All four players are due to leave their respective Centres of Excellence in May. However as all have reached the age of sixteen, they are now eligible to play senior football and the four girls have taken the opportunity to sign for Sunderland and begin their journey in senior football.
Local girls Keira Ramshaw and Rebecca Hunt, first enrolled at the Sunderland C of E at 9 years of age. Both have caught the eye of England scouts over the last year at England talent camps and as a result, both are currently involved in the international strength and conditioning programme, which is part of the FA International Player Pathway.
Teesside girls Jess Round and Ellie Christon, have been involved with Middlesbrough's Centre of Excellence over recent years and both were on standby for a recent England U-17 training camp.
"I am delighted that the four of them see their future at Sunderland, said Sunderland manager Mick Mulhern. I've coached both Rebecca and Keira at the Centre of Excellence from an early age up to this point in time, so naturally, like several others before them, their progression into the women's team was never in doubt."
Mick was also very impressed with two players from Middlesbrough's Centre of Excellence and moved quickly for their signatures.
"Jess and Ellie are both in the international set up, and both have the potential to play at the highest level. I have monitored their progress over the last year or so and believe they have the potential to succeed. Jess has already represented England at U-15 and U17 level and both of them were on standby for a recent England U-17's training camp. My aim is that they will progress from standby players and cement a place in the U-17 squad, now they have signed for Sunderland"
The signing of four of the best young players in the North East is a massive boost to Sunderland, who are currently recovering from their rejection from the new FA Super League.
"Our aim is to be the best we can be, in whatever league we are in said Mick. Our history is well documented, but Im looking to the future now and the signing of Jess, Ellie, Keira and Rebecca, is a statement of intent. Hopefully all four can push for international places as the four of them have done well in junior football and their progress has been monitored throughout. They are exactly the type of player I am looking for. They are technically sound, hungry for success and eager to learn and I have no doubt they have made the right decision in signing for Sunderland. They will be given every opportunity to achieve at this club and I'm sure they will do very well.
Our record of producing and developing players is second to none and therefore I have no doubt they will succeed and follow the pathway of those before them and ultimately take this club forward."