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Vinnie Steels, who left Burnley at the beginning of the year, and Will Harris have both previously signed for Sunderland this summer and today the Wearside club have confirmed the signing of central defender Oliver Younger.

Younger is very much a Claret. From Skipton, he’s a member of a Burnley supporting family and he’s come through the junior teams at Burnley, becoming a scholar initially in the summer of 2016. During the second year of his scholarship he was a regular member of the under-23 squad, taken up a level alongside Dwight McNeil by then coach Michael Duff and the pair were part of the first team squad that travelled to Swansea on our last visit there in February 2018.

He had one or two problems with injuries and then had an eventful spell on loan in Ireland last season with St. Patrick’s Athletic. He was sent off on his debut and in his second game found himself down injured for ten minutes having been knocked unconscious after a clash of heads. That ended his time there with the pandemic bringing his time to an end.

When the Clarets announced their academy retained list it left his future unclear with both him and Scott Wilson being informed they could be offered a new deal but that they were free to look elsewhere. Wilson recently signed for Barrow while Younger has now joined Sunderland as part of their under-23 squad and he’s expected to make his debut for them next Monday against Burnley in Premier League 2.

Under-23 coach Elliott Dickman said he was pleased to have got Oliver signed up. “He’s an aggressive centre-back and he’s good in the air,” he said. “We’ve been delighted with what we’ve seen from him so far and he really strengthens the group.”

Up the Clarets would like to wish fellow Claret Oliver the very best at Sunderland.

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