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Sunderland's Bruce will not deny youngsters opportunities

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce insists he will give his young players opportunities by sending them out on loan next season.

The Black Cats boss has already made a few signings so far this summer and it is expected he will make many more with the likes of Manchester United's Darron Gibson, Wes Brown and John O'Shea linked as well as Ipswich Town youngster Connor Wickham, Wigan Athletic star Charles N'Zogbia and Birmingham City midfielder Craig Gardner.

And he says that his young guns will be given the chance to shine in a first team environment just like Jordan Henderson (now at Liverpool) and Jack Colback have done recently.

"I have got a few young lads bubbling underneath who have impressed me and who have got a chance," Bruce told the Sunderland Echo.

"A lot of them can expect to be going out on loan next season because I haven't wavered from that view - that you send your young lads out on loan and see how they stand up to it.

"It didn't do Jordan or Jack any harm, and it's another part of young players' education in the modern game.

"Then, when they come back from their loans, you hope that they have come on another step.

"I hope that will prove to be the case with the current crop of lads, because I think there are some exciting young players and we acknowledged that by regularly including a few in our first-team squad towards the end of the [last] season.

"I don't think anyone doubts we have now got a busy summer ahead of us in the transfer market, but it won' be at the expense of players coming through.

"If the young lads prove they are good enough, they will get their chance - just like Jordan and Jack did."

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