Sunderland academy chief McNamee welcomes Watmore arrival

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.

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.

“He’s a young lad playing in a man’s game and he was obviously observed by a number of staff who have all said the same good things about him,” McNamee told safc.com.

“He’s very direct, works very, very hard, he’s got a good attitude and, in some of the games that were observed, he’s played against senior players who’ve been round the block a bit and he’s taken a lot of heavy punishment, but he just gets up and gets on with it.

“He’s got something there that obviously we need and he has that potential; that’s why we brought him in – it’s up to us now to see if we can develop it and take it forward.”

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