Sunderland will make a decision on the future of Ethan Robson at the club over the next month.

The 23-year-old midfielder has spent the first half of this season on loan in League Two at Grimsby Town and his parent club will decide what to do with him when he returns in January, according to a report by the Sunderland Echo.

Robson is out of contract at the Stadium of Light at the end of the campaign.

Kevin Ball, who manages the Black Cats’ outgoing loans, has said, as per the Sunderland Echo: “Ethan’s loan will finish just after the new year, so he gets the new year games in.”

“At the age Ethan is at he needs to get games under his belt. At 22, 23, most players have started getting those games. The decision will be made by the senior management in the next month or so as to what they do with him.”

He added: “It could be that they bring him back and say ‘can you improve our midfield?’. It might be that he comes back and then goes out on loan again, but that’s a decision the manager will have to make. While I may give him my thoughts, the decision is his (Phil Parkinson).”

Robson, who is from the North-East, rose up through Sunderland’s academy and has gone on to make a handful of appearances for their first team so far in his career.

He spent time on loan at Dundee last season before heading to Grimsby over the summer.