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Finally, some positive news to celebrate! Young midfielder signs Sunderland contract extension

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Some rare positivity - Sunderland youngster Ethan Robson has extended his contract with the club for a further two years.

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21-year old Sunderland academy graduate Ethan Robson has signed a contract extension which will see him remain with the club until at least the summer of 2020.

Robson - from Houghton-Le-Spring - was due to be out of contract in the summer and, according to reports, Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers were closely monitoring his status.

Speaking today to SAFC.com, Robson expressed his glee at signing a new deal, insisting he’s keen to knuckle down and do well for the club;

I’m over the moon and buzzing to get the deal done. It is great for me personally and it’s something I’ve been wanting to get done.

The central midfielder has been with Sunderland for thirteen years and is a lifelong supporter. Despite the club’s future appearing far from rosy, tying down a player regarded as one of the best currently coming through at the club is a rare positive at a time when those are few and far between.

He added;

I’ve been here since I was eight. I would like to commit my future to the club. I am a Sunderland fan and I want to do as well as I can for the club.

Robson has made nine appearances so far this season for Sunderland, playing mainly alongside Lee Cattermole at the heart of Chris Coleman’s midfield.