Gateshead have announced the loan signing of Sunderland forward Luke Molyneux until 2 January 2018.
The deal has been made with a view to extending the loan to a full season. The Sunderland starlet made his first-team debut Sunderland in May 2018, in a 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The winger, who was raised in Bishop Auckland, joined The Black Cats aged 14 and has since made four further first-team appearances this season, with his latest coming in the Checkatrade Trophy against Stoke City under-21s.
Molyneux was also nominated for August’s Premier League 2 player of the month after scoring two goals in four matches.
And Gateshead manager Steve Watson was pleased to bolster his squad with another ‘quality young player’, who will wear the number 21 shirt.
“Luke is a little bit different to what we have got and can be a great addition to the squad. He’s already played at a really good level at times this season and has been in and around Sunderland’s first team in games and training every day. He gives us another really good attacking option.
“Since the start of the summer, we’ve been looking for that ability to unlock the door when we have a lot of possession.
“We haven’t always been able to unpick the lock and have that end product and I think Luke is the type of player that can give us that edge in the final third that will turn good performances into three points.
“We’ve done relatively well so far without the likes Scott Barrow who is one of our best players and in recent weeks without Mike Williamson who is nearing a return. So hopefully by the Braintree game, we could be looking at having a very strong squad with some really good options.
“Then we can start looking at the option of loaning out players as we did with Jon Mellish, Tom White and Elliot Forbes last season.
“Those three have come back to the club ready for the first team this season so thinking in the long term, if we can get some players out there to get minutes under their belt then it’s great for everyone.
“But so far everyone who has played in the side so far this season has done brilliantly apart from a few errors.
“Now we’ve got Luke in who is another young North East lad who I know will be a good fit in the dressing room as I think he already knows a few of the lads in the squad.
“Our lads have all gelled remarkably well together in a short time and it’s like a young family here and I think Luke will fit right into that as he, like all of our young lads, is another very ambitious player and hungry to do well.
“He’s another quality young player that will boost the squad and when you have such a tight-knit group like we do, that success collectively feels that bit sweeter because we’re all pulling in the right direction for each other.”