Highly-rated academy product Elliot Embleton has ended months of uncertainty around his future by committing his future Sunderland.
The England youth international was out-of-contract at the end of June but has agreed to stay with the club long term, with a formal announcement expected soon.
Speaking of the agreement, Sunderland manager Jack Ross said:
Elliot will sign his contract at the beginning of next week.
It’s all been agreed, the paperwork is just being drawn up, and all being well if it is not done tomorrow it will be done by the beginning of next week.
I’m really pleased because I was keen for him to stay at the club and I am happy he has committed.
If he ever leaves us, he should only do so if he’s given himself a chance to be a first team player at Sunderland.
He’s a talented footballer, there’s no doubt about that.
I see him now as a first team squad member and he trains with me every day.
Embleton had interest from other clubs - including Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion - but tying him down will be a big boost to Jack Ross after the midfielder had a successful loan spell at Grimsby Town in League Two last season.
The 20-year-old featured 30 times for The Mariners during the 2018-19 season, scoring four and picking up four assists, he also had one appearance for Sunderland as he came off the bench in the EFL Cup defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
He was also named the PFA Bristol Street Motors player of the month for December, as well as being nominated for four times in the club’s goal of the season list, an award he won for the strike against MK Dons in the FA Cup.