Sunderland manager Jack Ross has suggested to The Chronicle that Ethan Robson can earn a new contract with the club.
Robson has been on the books of Sunderland since 2004 and is currently out on loan at Grimsby Town in League Two.
The 22-year-old is scheduled to stay at Grimsby until January and is out of contract at the Black Cats next summer, according to The Chronicle.
Sunderland boss Ross has said that he advised the youngster to leave on loan in the summer transfer window, and has stated that he could earn a new contract at the League One club if he plays regularly for Grimsby in the coming weeks and months.
Ross told The Chronicle about Robson: “I had a conversation with him and said that because of his contractual situation it was far better for him to go out on loan, play every week and play well, rather than wait for opportunities to open up here.
“We will reassess that again in January but I spoke to him about it I think he was of the same opinion.
“I think he has good attributes and I think he’s a player who could go on to be successful here but he is 23 and he needs to play.”
Future at Sunderland
Robson has made only a handful of appearances for the Sunderland first team so far in his career, and it is clear that he needs to do more to earn a new contract with the Black Cats.
Sunderland could well be playing in the Championship next season, and the 22-year-old will have to prove that he can be an asset for the Black Cats in the future.