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TRANSFER LATEST: Young Sunderland striker reportedly set to join Jack Ross’ old club on loan

Sunderland striker Connor Shields is set to depart Wearside on a season-long loan deal, joining up with Scottish Championship side Alloa Athletic - one of the clubs previously managed by Jack Ross.

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Sunderland under-23 striker Connor Shields is set for a season-long loan to Scottish Championship side Alloa Athletic - a club previously managed by Jack Ross.

According to The Sun, Alloa’s manager Jim Goodwin has beaten off competition from Greenock Morton and Nuneaton Borough to land the 21-year-old on until the end of the current campaign.

The report goes on to say that Shields will continue to train each week with Sunderland’s first team before joining up with his new club on Thursdays to prepare for their games. There is also a January recall option in the loan contract.

Shields has travelled with the Sunderland first-team this season but has yet to make the match-day squad, with Jack Ross saying after the Luton Town game that he was keen for the player to get more experience out on loan:

It’s a balancing act, again, between where they’re at, their progression and are they ready for the challenges. Connor travelled with us on Saturday but will probably go out on loan.

Shields joined Sunderland from Scottish part-timers Albion Rovers on January transfer deadline day, arriving alongside Lee Camp and Ashley Fletcher.