The Club are delighted to announce the signing on a one month loan of 22 year old defender Sam Long from Oxford Utd.
Highly rated right back Long made his debut for the U's back in 2013 and is a graduate of the club's academy side; he has made 18 appearances for the club in that time, all in the Football League.
Speaking this afternoon, Alan Dowson seemed pretty happy with the deal. "It's good to get someone in of his quality to add to the existing players we already have and we'll be glad of his experience in the next month or so."
Mischievously, Dowse had another reason for being happy with the loan deal. "Sam's a Sunderland supporter, like me and Graham the chairman, so he's going to fit it right away."
The paperwork has been approved by the League and Sam will go into the squad for tomorrow's visit of Hungerford Town as Dowse will be looking for a good result to keep the pressure on Dartford at the top of the National League South.
As this is my first Chaplain’s Corner of 2018, may I wish everyone a very Happy New Year. Having said that, I have never really embraced the idea of celebrating the start of another twelve month cycle. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good party to celebrate a birthday, wedding or any other special occasion, but the passing from 31st December to 1st January doesn’t really float my boat.
Nothing really changed when Big Ben struck mid-night on December 31st and the fireworks were set off. In the cold light of day, Manchester City still have a massive lead in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho still hasn’t got enough money to spend and Arsene Wenger still cannot zip up his bench coat!!
I recognise, for many, that seeing in the New Year is a cause to celebrate. The mark of a new beginning. 2018 stretches out before us, unblemished, like a blank canvas waiting for the artist to go to work with their brushes. I wonder what “our canvases” will look like on 31st December? Will it be a...