Sunderland have confirmed that defender Jack Baldwin has joined League Two side Salford City on a season-long loan.
The 26-year-old joined Sunderland from Peterborough United last summer and was an important player for the Black Cats last season, scoring three goals in 41 appearances in all competitions.
The centre-back has only made one appearance for Sunderland so far this season – the 3-1 win over Burnley in the Carabao Cup earlier this month.
The defender had not been included in Jack Ross’ matchday squad for the opening five league matches of the season, but was named on the bench for the 3-0 defeat at Peterborough at the weekend.
Sunderland are hoping to challenge for promotion from League One again this season, following their defeat in the play-off final last term.
The Black Cats are currently sixth in the League One table, after taking eleven points from their opening six league matches.
Salford were promoted to the EFL for the first time in their history last season and manager Graham Alexander was keen to strengthen his defensive options before the transfer deadline.
This could be a smart signing for Salford on loan. Baldwin is a good defender and he’s got plenty of experience. He’s very good on the ball, but he’s also not afraid to get stuck in and put his body on the line.
The centre-back has spent the past few seasons playing in League One, so he should be able to easily make an impact in League Two for Salford.
He could turn out to be a very good addition on loan and will add some quality and experience to the Salford defence.
Baldwin had only made one appearance for Sunderland so far this season, and it’s fair to say that he probably wasn’t going to get as many opportunities at the Stadium of Light as he did last term.
Going out on loan will allow him to experience regular first-team football again and he’ll be determined to make an impact for his new club.