Woud seals Dutch deal as Sunderland have a pop
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.