Sunderland goalkeeper Anthony Patterson could see his loan move to Notts County extended if he performs well, a report from a print edition of The Sun (26/09, p63) has claimed.
Patterson, who has previously made six first-team appearances for Sunderland, joined County on a short-term loan deal earlier this week, to provide cover for the injured Sam Slocombe.
The 21-year-old made his debut for County in their 1-0 defeat to Altrincham on Saturday afternoon, a result which saw his temporary new club drop to sixth in the current National League table.
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As things stand, Patterson spell with the club is set to run until the 26th October, with County scheduled to play five more league games in that time.
Now however, it seems as though there is a possibility of the young goalkeeper remaining at Meadow Lane beyond that point.
According to this latest update, Patterson could still he is loan move extended, if he does enough to impress during his time with the club.
Patterson did produce an encouraging debut performance for County on Saturday, despite them suffering a first defeat of the campaign, potentially giving his chances of an extended deal with the club an early boost.
It could be good for Patterson if he was to extend his deal with Notts County beyond the end of October.
With the options that Sunderland have ahead of him, the 21-year-old is unlikely to be playing regularly for the Black Cats if he returns to the club at that point.
As a result, keeping him out on loan for longer if he continues to play would make sense, and with the window not reopening for EFL clubs until January, the National League is the best place for him to do that between now and the end of the year at least.
Indeed, the experience of being in a promotion battle with County so early in his career could certainly be helpful for Patterson, so you imagine he will be looking to impress for the club over the course of the next few weeks for a number of reasons.