Sunderland academy product Anthony Patterson has joined the Notts County National League on a short-term loan, Lee Johnson confirmed.
Magpies goaltender Sam Slocombe is said to have suffered an injury in training, leading boss Ian Burchnall to seek a replacement on the basis of an emergency loan.
And Patterson has joined the Midlands club for an initial 28 days and is expected to make his Notts County Championship debut at Altrincham tomorrow.
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Johnson was looking to send Patterson on loan, with transfers to National League clubs still possible between transfer windows, meaning the move to Notts County worked well from Sunderland’s perspective.
“Anthony joined Notts County today on loan with a view to being involved tomorrow,” said the head coach.
“He went to the National League, it’s a short term loan to cover an injury for Notts County.
“It’s just a one month contract at the moment, and we could call it back on 24 hours’ notice if there was a disaster for it.
“It works well for us because that’s the level we wanted to put it at, and Notts County is a great, historic club with a good stadium and a good fan base.
“Anthony is a very good goalkeeper and it is a gift in a way because he will do very, very good for them.”
Patterson made his league debut for Sunderland last month when Lee Burge was injured, and before Thorben Hoffman arrived on deadline day.
The 21-year-old has made four starts for the Black Cats in all competitions this season, two in the league and two in the Carabao Cup.
Sunderland Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman added: “Anthony has the potential to develop further and in order to optimize this process we believe he needs regular exposure to first team football.
“This loan transfer represents a great opportunity for him to gain more minutes in a senior executive, and we look forward to watching and evaluating his progress.”
Notts County boss Burchnall is delighted to have landed Patterson.
He said: “As disappointed as we are to lose Sam, we are delighted that we were able to add another quality loan player to Anthony.
“I know people at Sunderland and they rate it very well, as evidenced by his involvement in their first team environment not only this season but over the past few years.
“He trained with the boys today and we will do everything we can to fully prepare him for Altrincham.
“Contact injuries like Sam and Connell Rawlinson’s are inevitable over a long season, but losing them both along with Kyle Cameron is very unhappy.
“These are the challenges in football, however, and the important thing is to be ready to take them on, which I think we have been.”