Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson says there is scope for the club to add a free-agent to their side, due to the situation surrounding Dion Sanderson’s loan move.
Sanderson joined the Black Cats on a season-long loan move from Wolves on the final day of the summer transfer window, although it seems there is a possibility he will not be the final piece of business done by Sunderland this summer.
Due to the fact that Sanderson is only 20-years-old, the regulations brought in by the salary cap on League One clubs do not apply to the defender, and that is something it seems Parkinson could look to exploit in the coming days.
Speaking about the possibility of bringing in a free-agent to the Stadium of Light, the Sunderland manager was quoted by The Shields Gazette as saying: “The reason why Dion was such a good signing for us is because he’s an U21 player and doesn’t count towards the salary cap.
“Finding those players is not easy. So there is still some scope, which is nice to have under our belts.”
As things stand, Sunderland are currently fifth in the League One table with 11 points from five games, after their 2-0 win over Swindon Town at The County Ground on Saturday afternoon.
This could well be something worth looking into for Sunderland.
There are still areas of their squad that look somewhat short on numbers, and with such a heavy schedule this season, it could make sense for them to bring in a free agent to help provide them with cover in certain positions.
Indeed, the acquisition of Sanderson already looked a decent one given how impressive he was on loan in the Championship last season, and the fact that his age with regards to the salary cap came into consideration as well with this move, just makes it look all the more smarter on Sunderland’s part.