By Matt Bishop
Young Sunderland striker Andrew Nelson is set to join Harrogate Town on loan, according to The Echo.
The 20-year-old, who came through the Black Cats youth system, is very highly rated at the Stadium of Light and spent time on loan at Hartlepool United in League Two last season.
Nelson’s time with Pools last term was curtailed by a knee injury, meaning he only made four appearances for the club as they unsuccessfully fought to stay in the Football League.
Strong and robust, Nelson has returned from his time out well, and has been a regular for Sunderland’s under-18 and under-23 sides at the Academy of Light.
However, he is yet to make a first-team appearance for Simon Grayson’s side, so Sunderland are keen for Nelson to gain some sustained first-team experience.
He was the subject of interest from a number of Scottish clubs during the summer transfer window, and will provide Harrogate with an added goal threat as they compete for a place in Non-League’s top-tier.
The promising youngster is training with Town today, with the club hopeful a deal can be completed in time for Nelson to play in tomorrow’s clash at home to Leamington.