ADAM Reed has joined League Two side Burton Albion.
The combative Hartlepool-born midfielder has been snapped up by the Brewers following his release by Sunderland at the end of last season.
There had been speculation that Reed could end up at his hometown club, but he has put pen to paper on a one-year deal at the Pirelli Stadium.
Reed never played a competitive game for Sunderland though he did feature on the pre-season tour to the Far East last summer and was a regular in the reserve team in the Barclays Premier U21 league.
The 22-year-old spent a large chunk of last season on loan at clubs in Leagues One and Two.
He made 10 appearances for League One strugglers Portsmouth at the start of 2013 before returning to Sunderland.
And he went from one struggler to another when he agreed a five-week loan deal with York City.
New York boss Nigel Worthington brought in Reed when the club were second bottom of the fourth tier of English football after a 15-game winless streak.
And Reed made a notable contribution as the Minstermen climbed to a final position of 17th and four ppoints above the drop zone.