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Sunderland set to hand trial to former Newcastle United defender

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Sunderland are set to take former Newcastle United defender David Edgar on trial next week, as reported by the Chronicle Live.

The 31-year-old Canadian free-agent is currently a free agent after leaving Ottawa Fury earlier this year and he’s due to link up with the Black Cats for training with a view to securing a move.

Edgar began his career with bitter rivals Newcastle, later making over 100 appearances for Burnley. Four of those came in the Premier League, but much of his football at Turf Moor was played in the Championship.

He later enjoyed loan spells with Swansea City, Huddersfield Town, and Sheffield United before moving to the MLS with Vancouver Whitecaps.

Jack Ross had been keeping tight-lipped on the situation, but revealed that he’s now in a position to run an eye over the centre back.

“I think we’re going to have a look at him next week,” he told the Chronicle. “It’s a bit challenging at the moment because of the schedule and that’s why I was a bit reticent to commit last week.”

“We are not training an awful lot at the moment just because of the number of games. We need to do it next week, because if we wait for a clear week there are not too many of those about!”

Sunderland currently have Jack Baldwin, Glenn Loovens and Tom Flanagan battling for two centre back spots, but Flanagan has been the subject of speculation recently after impressive performances this season.

The Verdict

On the face of it, this seems a good move by Ross. Edgar knows the area, albeit from a black and white perspective, but he’s experienced too with lots of Championship football under his belt.

There’s surely an element of covering here, with Tom Flanagan being in demand and Glenn Loovens aging quickly, Ross might be hoping to find experienced cover for the second half of a challenging and fixture-heavy season.


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