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Promising Sunderland defender set to depart on loan; Full back pledges future to the club

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Whilst one defender looks set to depart, one has committed themselves to the club for the foreseeable future.

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Michael Ledger set for Hartlepool loan

Liam Kennedy of the Hartlepool Mail has today reported that Sunderland youngster Michael Ledger is all set for a loan move to Hartlepool United, joining up with Craig Harrison’s side as they strive to improve their fortunes in the National League this season.

The Monkey Hangers have began life as a non-league side terribly and have yet to win any of their five games so far, and with that in mind the County Durham-based club have moved to bring in one of Sunderland’s more promising young talents in order to shore up their defence.

Ledger - who is aged just 20 - spent a sizable portion of last season on loan with Norwegian Premier League side Viking FK and impressed in his spell there.

In June we here at Roker Report spoke extensively with Ledger’s manager at Viking, Ian Burchnall, and the coach had nothing but high praise for a player he believes “could certainly be ready to step up and play Championship football”.

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Former Sunderland defender Scott Harrison is a current Hartlepool United player.
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Former Sunderland defenders Blair Adams, Scott Harrison and Louis Laing are current members of the Hartlepool United squad, and Ledger would be joining up at a club where he can learn much from the physical nature of the National League, invaluable experience as he bids to become a first team player at Sunderland down the line.


Bryan Oviedo commits to Sunderland

Costa Rican left full back Bryan Oviedo has been linked on and off with a move away from Sunderland ever since the club were relegated from the Premier League, but in a recent conversation with the media the former Everton man insisted he was committed to a stint on Wearside and that he is looking forward to a season in the Championship.

Oviedo missed out on the entirety of our pre-season through injury and is still striving towards full fitness, but after a promising performance in midweek at Carlisle United it’s expected that he’ll return to the starting eleven this Saturday ahead of our game at Oakwell against Barnsley.

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He said:

I’m so happy here and my family’s very happy. I hope to continue here because it’s a great club with a fantastic atmosphere at the games. You saw at Carlisle a lot of people coming to support us. That’s very important for me and I appreciate it.

With Oviedo back in the squad, Sunderland manager Simon Grayson now has two left backs to pick from - and the competition for places is something that the ex-Copenhagen defender is looking forward to.

He added:

I like the competition.

The most important thing is that whoever plays gives their maximum for the team.

Everton loanee Brendan Galloway’s awful start to life on Wearside has perhaps been one of the more concerning aspects of what we have seen so far from Grayson’s team, and it’s definitely fair to say that the youngster would likely benefit from a spell out of the team in order to regroup, re-focus and settle in properly.

Oviedo is a Premier League player and once he returns to full fitness, it’s to be expected that he’ll become Grayson’s first choice left back as the season draws on - provided, of course, he can remain fit.