According to a report from the Shields Gazette, League One side Sunderland are set to make decisions over whether to offer three trialists contracts at the Stadium of Light over the course of next week.

Chelsea youngster Ruben Sammut, Peterborough United attacker Andrea Borg and Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Kevin Berkoe have all been on trial with Sunderland over recent weeks. Now, as per a report from the Shields Gazette, they will decide whether to offer them contracts with the club over the course of next week.

The young trio have all played in games for the Black Cats’ Under-23s side over recent weeks, with Chelsea’s Ruben Sammut featuring twice. But, none of them played a part in the squad for Friday’s game against Manchester United’s young side.

Under-23s boss Elliot Dickman said that discussions will be taking place as they look to decide whether to bring in any of the three trialists permanently.

“Whatever comes of that will come of that but it’s going to be next week before any decisions are made,” Dickman said.

“It’s not just my call, there’s a group of people who will sit together and once we’ve made that decision we’ll let the players know and take it from there.”

Chelsea youngster Sammut has featured 49 times for the Premier League side’s Under-23s and has experienced his first taste of professional football this season on loan with Falkirk. The 21-year-old – who can also play in defence – has played for the Scottish side 16 times.

After progressing through the academy with Peterborough United, Andrea Borg made his first-team debut in April 2017. The Malta Under-19 international has played four times for The Posh before joining local side Kettering Town on loan during the first half of the 2018/19 season.

Aged 17, Kevin Berkoe is a defender for Premier League side Wolves. He plays most of his football in the Under-18 Premier League, featuring for Wolves Under-18s ten times so far this season. Berkoe has played 24 times for Wolves Under-18s, featuring at both left-back and left-midfield.


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