Sunderland will be very pleased to tie down the highly-rated academy graduate Ethan Robson to a new contract.
The 21-year-old was due to become a free agent in the summer and, according to the Sun, Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers were both hoping to snap him up for a bargain five-figure compensation fee.
And this is a big coup for Sunderland. Not just because a move to Celtic, and the prospect of working under Brendan Rodgers, should appeal to a talented young player with buckets of potential.
The likes of Moussa Dembele, Patrick Roberts and Kieran Tierney have improved immeasurably under Rodgers and have been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, not to mention boasting a whole host of silverware on their CV.
So the fact that Robson has instead decided to stay is a major, and perhaps unexpected boost, even if he is a born and bred Black Cats fanatic who always dreamed of playing at the Stadium of Light.
Cash-strapped Sunderland simply cannot afford new players, so youngsters like Robson, Lynden Gooch, Joel Asoro and Josh Maja should take on a big role going forward, especially if the bottom of the table Black Cats fall into League One.
Sunderland needed to keep Robson out of Celtic’s clutches and should be very relieved that they have. But, putting the emotional aspect to one side, the tenacious ball winner could may one day regret the chance to join a Champions League club with a penchant for developing youth with Sunderland dropping like a stone.