Stopper commits to long stay
Carlisle United have today extended Black Cats stopper Jordan Pickford’s loan spell until the end of the current campaign.
Pickford, 20, joined the Cumbrians at the beginning of February and has kept two clean sheets from his six appearances in what has been an impressive spell.
“Mark [Gillespie] is still a while away from being ready so this is good news for us,” manager Graham Kavanagh said. "Again, his parent club have been absolutely fantastic and I think they know he is getting valuable pitch time and experience with us.
"He's shown some good things and he's working hard to improve all the time. I'd like to thank both clubs today for the way they have dealt with the loan requests and it's good to get both bits of business done so we can move on with what is a very busy period."
Pickford joined the Sunderland academy in 2010 and has enjoyed loan spells with Darlington, Alfreton and Burton over the course of the last two seasons.
The Washington born keeper made his first team debut in a 3-2 friendly win over FC Groningen at the 2012 Peace Cup in South Korea. He has featured for England at U19 level.