Woud seals Dutch deal as Sun­der­land have a pop

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Academy goal­keeper Michael Woud has left Sun­der­land to join Dutch top-flight club Willem II.

Sun­der­land will re­ceive an undis­closed fee for the 19-year-old New Zealand in­ter­na­tional.

Woud has not made a first-team ap­pear­ance for the club and ex­pressed a de­sire to move on this sum­mer.

Sun­der­land is­sued a state­ment con­firm­ing his de­par­ture and said full com­mit­ment to the club from play­ers at all lev­els is of ‘para­mount im­por­tance’.

A club state­ment read: “Sun­der­land AFC con­firms that Academy goal­keeper Michael Woud has joined Dutch club Willem II.

“At what­ever level a player rep­re­sents Sun­der­land AFC, it is of para­mount im­por­tance that they are com­mit­ted to our club.

“Once Michael ex­pressed a wish to move on, terms were agreed be­tween Sun­der­land AFC and Willem II to fa­cil­i­tate his move.

“Sun­der­land AFC wishes Michael the best of luck for his fu­ture ca­reer.”

Woud fol­lows teenage striker Sam Green­wood out the door at the Academy of Light.

The promis­ing 16-yearold was in de­mand with Manch­ester United and Liver­pool also keen on the teenager, but Arse­nal won the race to land his sig­na­ture.

Writ­ing on his In­sta­gram ac­count, Green­wood said: “Big thanks to Sun­der­land and all coaches past and present for ev­ery­thing they have done for me. I will never for­get my roots.”

Green­wood en­joyed a suc­cess­ful sea­son for Sun­der­land’s Un­der-18 side last sea­son, scor­ing six goals in 15 ap­pear­ances.

Goal­keeper Michael Woud.

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