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Sunderland man wanted back by loan club this summer

Dundalk boss Jon Daly has said he is interested in bringing back Sunderland defender Zak Johnson.

Sunderland are poised to recall the youngster though in time for pre-season. They are preparing for the start of the new Championship season.

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Johnson, 19, has been a hit in the League of Ireland over the past few months following his winter switch.

Daly has said, as per a report by the Irish Independent: “Zak Johnson looks like he’s going to be recalled.

“We’re obviously working as hard as we can to try and change that but it doesn’t look like they’re for changing their mind on that one.

“They’ve probably made their decision on what they want to do with him prior to him coming in and I’m sure if I was a manager in their situation as well and I had players out on loan then I’d be calling them back to have a look through pre-season.”

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Sunderland have a decision to make on what to do next with Johnson ahead of the 2024/25 campaign.

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He has risen up through the academy ranks of the North East outfit and has been a regular for them at various different youth levels.

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The teenager penned his first professional deal in 2022 running until 2025.

Johnson has made two first-team appearances for the Black Cats and will be eyeing plenty more down the line.

He was given the green light to head out the exit door at the Stadium of Light on a temporary basis for the first time when Hartlepool United came calling in September last year.

The England youth international, who has represented the Three Lions at Under-18’s level, went on to play 12 games for the Pools before heading back to his parent club.

Johnson then signed for Dundalk on loan in January and has since enjoyed his time over in Ireland.

What next?

Daly has made it clear that he would like to reunite with the prospect so that door remains open for Sunderland as an option.

They will take a look at him though and weigh up what is best for him next.

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