Recent Hartlepool United midfielder Josh Hawkes has signed for Sunderland.
The 21-year-old has signed a two-year deal on Wearside. There was reported interest in the former Marske United and Dunston UTS loanee from Leeds United and Newcastle United.
Having joined Sunderland, Hawkes told the club’s website: “I’m over the moon. It’s been in the pipeline for a while now, so to get it finally sorted is great.
“I can’t wait to get started.”