Sunderland academy manager Ged McNamee has welcomed the arrival of Duncan Watmore from Altrincham.
The former Manchester United junior became the first signing of Paolo di Canio's reign.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a young lad playing in a man‚Äôs game and he was obviously observed by a number of staff who have all said the same good things about him,‚ÄĚ McNamee told safc.com.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs very direct, works very, very hard, he‚Äôs got a good attitude and, in some of the games that were observed, he‚Äôs played against senior players who‚Äôve been round the block a bit and he‚Äôs taken a lot of heavy punishment, but he just gets up and gets on with it.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs got something there that obviously we need and he has that potential; that‚Äôs why we brought him in ‚Äď it‚Äôs up to us now to see if we can develop it and take it forward.‚ÄĚ