Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will still give youth a chance

24 June 2011 01:01
ShareSunderland manager Steve Bruce has promised his summer transfer blitz will not prevent the club's youngsters from getting their chance at the Stadium of Light.Bruce has already landed free transfers Keiren Westwood and Sebastian Larsson, who will formally complete moves to the Stadium of Light on July 1, while a deal has been agreed for South Korea international striker Ji Dong-won.But the Black Cats are planning to make several more signings before the new Barclays Premier League season as they await answers from Manchester United trio Darron Gibson, Wes Brown and John O'Shea.

Promise: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce insists the club's home-grown talent will be given a chance to shine

They also are continuing to pursue their interests in Connor Wickham, Craig Gardner and Charles N'Zogbia.Bruce's recruitment drive could yet extend to double figures as he attempts to replace big-money departures Darren Bent and Jordan Henderson, as well as strengthen the squad which finished in 10th place at the end of the last injury-hit campaign.However, the manager insists the club's home-grown talent will still be given the opportunity to force their way into the long-term picture, just as Henderson and Jack Colback have done in recent seasons.Bruce told the Sunderland Echo: 'I have got a few young lads bubbling underneath who have impressed me and who have got a chance. A lot of them can expect to be going out on loan next season because I haven't wavered from that view - that you send your young lads out on loan and see how they stand up to it.

Splashing the cash: Bruce has plenty of money to spend after selling Jordan Henderson (above) to Liverpool

'It didn't do Jordan or Jack any harm, and it's another part of young players' education in the modern game. Then, when they come back from their loans, you hope that they have come on another step.'I hope that will prove to be the case with the current crop of lads, because I think there are some exciting young players and we acknowledged that by regularly including a few in our first-team squad towards the end of the [last] season.'I don't think anyone doubts we have now got a busy summer ahead of us in the transfer market, but it won' be at the expense of players coming through. If the young lads prove they are good enough, they will get their chance - just like Jordan and Jack did.'Injuries to senior players last season meant young players such as Ryan Noble, Jordan Cook, Craig Lynch, Billy Knott and Louis Laing were given a taste of first-team involvement.

 Bruce at the double as Sunderland complete free signings of Larsson and WestwoodSunderland snap-up ?2m South Korea striker Ji Dong-won on three-year dealSUNDERLAND FC

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