Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Far Better for Robson to Play Regularly on Loan Than Wait around at SAFC - Ross

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Far Better for Robson to Play Regularly on Loan Than Wait around at SAFC - Ross

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JAMES HUNTER JACK Ross advised Ethan Robson to make a deadline-day loan move away from Wearside - but insists the academy graduate can still have a future at Sunderland.

Midfielder Robson joined the League Two side at the beginning of September on a deal which runs until January.

At 23, Robson is in the final year of his contract with the Black Cats and has made only 14 senior appearances for the club.

He missed the start of the current campaign due to injury and despite working his way back to fitness, players such as Grant Leadbitter, Dylan McGeouch, George Dobson, Luke O'Nien, and Max Power, are all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Ross spoke to Robson and both agreed he would be better able to build a case for a new contract by playing regular football elsewhere rather find himself with only limited opportunities at Sunderland.

"Ethan needs to prove he can be strong enough physically," said Ross.

"He had a run of games last season on loan at Dundee but then he picked up injuries in pre-season so it has been difficult for him to break into the team here because there are others ahead of him.

"I had a conversation with him and said that because of his contractual situation it was far better for him to go out on loan, play every week and play well, rather than wait for opportunities to open up here.

"We will reassess that again in January but I spoke to him about it I think he was of the same opinion.

"I think he has good attributes and I think he's a player who could go on to be successful here but he is 23 and he needs to play."

Robson played 13 games in the Scottish Premiership for Dundee last season, scoring two goals, and has already made three appearances in all competitions for Grimsby this term.

But his career total of 30 senior games is significantly lower that that of Dobson, who has played more than 100 games at the age of 21, and O'Nien who while just a year older than Robson has played more than 175 first team games.

Ross said: "Ethan probably should've played more games earlier in his career. …

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