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Roker Roundup: Ex-Wolves scout gives view on Sanderson & former SAFC trialist heads to Aberdeen

New Sunderland defender Dion Sanderson gets the thumbs up from his old Head of Recruitment; a lad who trialled with us in the summer is hoping to earn a deal at Aberdeen; and Gyan rumours in Ghana continue...

Roker Roundup 20/21
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Former Wolves scout on Sanderson

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers Head of Local Recruitment Bob Bennett has been discussing new Sunderland loanee Dion Sanderson with Sportsbyte.

Bennett first met the defender when he was still only nine-years old and recommended Sanderson to the Wolves academy.

Sanderson spent the second-half of last season on-loan at Cardiff City and Bennett revealed that the 20-year-old sent him a thank you message after he made his debut for the Welsh club:

Dion is a credit to his family, a well-mannered boy. When he made his league debut for Cardiff, he sent to me next day a ‘massive thank you’ message for what I have done for him.

Sunderland will have a player committed to them, good in character and personality, and let’s hope they will help each other.

As for how far he can go? I don’t want to put pressure on Dion to say how far he can go. Life is about learning and he’s good at that.

New Sunderland Signing Dion Sanderson Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Former trialist heads to the SPL

Sunderland took Scottish under-21 midfielder Liam Burt on trial last month but the former Rangers and Celtic youngster left without being offered a contract.

The 21-year-old also had an unsuccessful trial at Championship outfit Barnsley but has now joined Aberdeen in the hopes of winning a deal and was pictured in the stands during the club’s 4-2 win over Hamilton Academical at Pittodrie.

Burt is training with Derek McInnes’ development squad and the Dons manager told the Evening Express that it gives all parties a chance to take a look at each other:

We handed him an invitation to him to come and train.

He’ll train with the development squad over the next few days and it’s nothing more than that.

We have a couple of practice matches, it was just a case of opening an invitation to the boy to have a look at him and him to have a look at us.

Aberdeen v Hamilton Academical - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images

Gyan in demand

Asamoah Gyan is still without a club after leaving Indian side NorthEast United earlier in the year and had been strongly linked with a move to Asante Kotoko.

Gyan has spoken of his love for Kotoko and his wish to end his long career at the club but reports suggest that they will have competition from another Ghanaian Premier League club.

Ghanasoccernet report that Legon Cities are willing to break the bank to sign the former Sunderland striker and believe he could be the man to fix their lack of goals - the club had scored the least goals in the GPL before Covid-19 brought a premature end to the season.

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