Jordan Pickford happy with progress at Sunderland

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is delighted with his progress this season.

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is delighted with his progress this season.

He was handed a squad number before the start of the season and also appeared in the club’s official first-team photograph alongside senior stoppers Simon Mignolet and Keiren Westwood.

“It felt really good to get that squad number and be in the picture – I’m a step closer to my dream,” he told safc.com.

“I have always wanted to play for Sunderland ever since I was a kid. It felt good to go away with the team in pre-season and to actually get on the pitch [in South Korea] was brilliant.

“Things are going well with the under-21s and it’s definitely a better league this year. It feels more competitive.

“We had a great result at Stoke the other night and deserved to win. It was a tough game. The standard has gone up across the league and I can definitely tell that in the games I’ve played.

“The games are faster, there’s a lot more to do and a lot more decisions to make during the course of a match.”

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