Young Sunderland defender Michael Ledger jokes about his first U21 goal of the season being his last

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The Sunderland youngster netted his first goal of the season for the U21s.

Young Sunderland defender Michael Ledger has been speaking to the club’s official website after he scored the winning goal for the Black Cat’s under-21s against Liverpool at the weekend.

The 18-year-old is equally comfortable at right-back or centre-back and he played in the latter position against Liverpool on Sunday, ultimately ensuring his side not only kept a clean sheet but also ran out 1-0 winners.

Speaking to safc.com this week, Ledger said, “It’s my first goal of the season and I don’t get many so it might be my last.

“I’m pleased with the clean sheet though because it’s our job to keep the ball out the net.”

Ledger has a long way to go before he gets a first-team chance but he will have seen the appointment of new manager Sam Allardyce and known he has the opportunity to impress him in the weeks and months ahead.

A new boss means new chances and Ledger started as he will mean to go on by scoring what he will be hoping is not his last strike of the campaign, no matter how rare such things have been in his fledgling career to date.

Sunderland have some very exciting young players coming through the ranks right now and Ledger’s versatility at the back means he is certainly one to watch.

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