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Dutch player snubs Sunderland offer to sign for South Shields

Dutch player Wouter Verstraaten snubs an offer made by League One side Sunderland to sign for non league South Shields instead.

The highly-rated 23 year old has opted for a new contract with the Mariners, despite interest from the Black Cats.

Back in February 2020, the Black Cats took Verstraaten on trial and made an offer for him to join their under 23 set up having featured in a game against Liverpool.

However, the player wants to focus on his university studies whilst also staying with his current club who have set their sights on the EFL.

Verstraaten said: “I am very happy to have signed this deal, as it took a while before we finally got it done.

“I am very pleased that South Shields have shown their confidence in me during these unprecedented times.

“Ever since I joined the team in January, I have felt the professionalism and will to win this league.

“That this didn’t happen last season was obviously a very disappointing moment for the whole club, but I feel that we are very motivated to make things right next season. That is one of the many reasons I have signed with South Shields.

“I feel that it is the right place for me to grow as a player and improve in areas that will help me perform to a higher level.

“It is a pleasure to play in front of such a big crowd every week. There are not many places where the stage is set every weekend like it is at South Shields.

“I’m currently back in the Netherlands staying fit and spending some time with my family and I’m in regular contact with the management, but we just have to wait to see when the Government allows us to get back together.”

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He is a former player of PSV Eindhoven, FC Eindhoven, Pacific Tigers and Portland Timbers’ Under-23s and can play anywhere from the back line to midfield.

Hish first club on English shores came just last year with Northern League side Consett, as he wanted to study for a Masters in finance at Durham University.

Shields saw him, snapped him up in January and made 14 appearances before the season was suspended.

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