It was stated by the Lancashire Telegraph that League One title chasers Sunderland had taken an interest in Accrington Stanley centre-back Ross Sykes. However, it was announced on Monday that he has signed a new deal with the club.

Reported Sunderland target Ross Sykes has signed a new deal with current club Accrington Stanley, it has been confirmed today.

Accrington Stanley confirmed the deal on their club website on Monday, stating that Sykes has penned a new deal which will run through until the summer of 2022, also including the option of a further year.

Manager John Coleman was keen to get the 19-year-old tied down to a new deal with the club as the list of sides taking an interest in his developments grew. Now, he will be happy to know that he is not at risk of losing him on the cheap this summer.

The centre-back has been sidelined through a groin injury recently but has played 17 games in all competitions, with Stanley currently sitting in 15th place in the League One table and four points clear of the relegation zone.

Standing at 1.96m, Sykes is a strong, powerful figure at the back. His aerial presence is a problem for strikers and makes him a target during set pieces.

Upon his release from Burnley, Sykes was snapped up by then League Two side Accrington Stanley, where he played three times in his first season with the club. He played for Southport during the 2017/18 season and returned to Stanley ahead of their League One campaign this season.

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