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Deal agreed: Sunderland player leaves Stadium of Light

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Young Sunderland defender Michael Ledger has completed his move to Norwegian side Notodden FK, signing a two-year deal with the second-tier side.

Ledger has recently been out on loan at National League side Hartlepool, but that has been cut short for him to make the move overseas.

The club’s official website announced that the defender has now left the Stadium of Light and they issued this short statement: “Michael joins his new club with the best wishes of everyone at SAFC.”

He made eleven appearances at Victoria Park for struggling Hartlepool, but failed to make a first-team appearance for the Black Cats. He did feature four times for their U23 side in last season’s Checkatrade Trophy.

He’ll be no stranger to life in Scandinavia. He played on loan at Viking last season, under English coach Ian Burchnall. Thanks to their relegation, he will now face his former employers with his new side.

Ambitious Notodden FK were only promoted to the second tier last season, courtesy of a two-legged play off against Raufoss which they won on penalties after drawing 3-3 on aggregate.

Ledger will start his Norwegian career on April 4th when his side host Levanger in the opening game of the season.

The Verdict

Younger players are finding their chances limited over in the UK and often are looking abroad for openings. The Bundesliga has been boosted by the arrival of several high-profile young English players this season and the trend isn’t stopping there. Michael Ledger has enjoyed a spell in Norway already so he’ll be well equipped to hit the ground running at his new club.

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