Ethan Robson has suggested that he could be set to join one of Sunderland’s League One rivals this summer with his contract at the Stadium of Light expiring, speaking to the Echo.
While one homegrown midfielder looks set to play a big part in Phil Parkinson’s plans in the near future, another is heading for the exit.
Elliot Embleton will be pushed up the pecking order in preparation for the 2020/21 season, according to The Chronicle.
The Durham-born dynamo is now within touching distance of a regular first-team berth, and the departure of Robson will open up another gap in Sunderland’s midfield for the technically-gifted Embleton to fill.
After 16 years on Wearside, Robson appears to have played his final game in those red and white stripes.
He will become a free agent with Sunderland opting against extending his contract, despite some impressive performances out on loan at Dundee and Grimsby Town.
Though Sunderland will be hoping that Robson does not take a leaf out of Mikael Mandron’s book with a number of League One clubs looking to snap the 23-year-old up when the transfer window opens.
“I’ve had a lot of interest,” said Robson.
“I’ve had interest from League One and League Two, and there are some teams in the Scottish Premier League who are interested.
“It’s definitely exciting times.”
Mandron, a former Sunderland starlet, scored twice during a 2-2 draw with Gillingham on the final game of the Black Cats’ League One season.
Parkinson will be hoping that Robson, too, does not come back to haunt his side next season.