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Sunderland boss Jack Ross to give Anton Forrester another chance

Anton Forrester of Bury scores his goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Coventry City and Bury at Sixfields on August 25, 2013 in Northampton, England.

Forrester remains a free agent, but played for Sunderland against Darlington on Tuesday.

Anton Forrester of Port Vale in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Port Vale at Sixfields on March 14, 2017 in Northampton, England.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross told the Shields Gazette he is to give free agent Anton Forrester another chance to earn a contract with the Wearside club on Saturday, after failing to make an impact on Tuesday.

Ross' first game in charge of the Black Cats ended in huge disappointment as they suffered an embarrassing 1-0 loss to sixth-tier outfit Darlington, despite fielding a side full of first-team players.

Forrester, 24, played the first hour of the match but could not help Sunderland in slipping to a dismal 1-0 defeat, but he is set to be given another chance to earn a new deal.

Former St. Mirren manager Ross told the Shields Gazette that Forrester will get a second chance as Sunderland face Hartlepool United on Saturday afternoon.

“Anton came in and joined yesterday," Ross said. “He started out at Everton and has most recent been at Port Vale where had some injury issues.

“We’ll have a look at him again on Saturday. We’re light on numbers in those areas, so it would be remiss of me not to have a look.”

General view outside the stadium during the Premier League match between Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion at Stadium of Light on October 1, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

Former Everton striker Forrester is a free agent after his contract at Port Vale expired at the end of the 2018-19 season, with the forward managing just 17 appearances for Vale last term - in which he scored three goals.

He will be hoping to find the back of the net on Saturday in order to tempt Ross into handing the striker a Sunderland contract, as the Black Cats prepare for life in League One.

A general view of the stadium as players warm up ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

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