Sunderland’s Pickford may stay with Carlisle Utd for rest of season

Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford

CARLISLE are hopeful of extending Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford’s loan until the end of the season.

Pickford has kept two clean sheets in five games since joining the Cumbrians last month after Sunderland boss Gus Poyet moved to send the 19-year-old out on a cut-price loan deal that sees the Black Cats continue to pay the bulk of his wages.

But Pickford plays the final game of his initial month-long loan at Port Vale on Saturday and Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh has admitted he wants to keep both the England Under-19 stopper and Wigan midfielder Danny Redmond for the remainder of the club’s relegation battle.

“We haven’t spoken yet, but I would definitely want to keep both of them for as long as I can,” said Kavanagh.

“They have been great additions to the club, both in and around the group and also getting valuable minutes.

“We are allowing them to make their mistakes with us, but their clubs have also been first-class in entrusting us with their players.”

Meanwhile, Pickford’s team-mate for Sunderland Under-21s, John Egan, admits he is relieved to be back playing competitively after enduring a miserable year on the sidelines.

Egan made his debut for League Two Southend in Saturday’s draw with Wycombe after joining the Shrimpers on a month’s loan.

The centre-back, who is out-of-contract at the end of the season, returned to full training with Kevin Ball’s development squad before Christmas after recovering from a double leg break, suffered during a loan spell with Bradford City in November, 2012.

And Egan, who is in the Republic of Ireland U21 squad for this afternoon’s European Championship qualifier against Montenegro, is glad to be back playing in the Football League again.

“Since September I’ve been playing under-21 football at Sunderland after recovering from a serious injury so it’s great to be here playing,” said Egan.

“I’m really looking forward to the games and I just want to help the club move back up the table and rediscover their form after what has been a bit of a dip.”