Extension: Zak Johnson signs new deal

Sunderland AFC is delighted to announce that Zak Johnson has signed a new long-term contract.


The defender has agreed a three-year deal to extend his stay on Wearside until summer 2026.


Johnson joined the Academy of Light at the age of eight and has gone on to feature for every age bracket.


At 16 years and 141 days, the Academy graduate made his debut against Manchester United in the Papa John’s trophy in 2021, breaking a 50-year-old outfield record on Wearside.


The 18-year-old made his first senior start during this season’s Carabao Cup first-round tie against Crewe Alexandra.


After putting pen to paper on a new contract, Johnson said: “I am delighted to extend my stay here at Sunderland. This is my home, and it has been for over 10 years now. I’d like to thank all my team-mates and all the coaches that have helped me develop into the player I am today. There is a still a long way to go, but I know this is the right place for me to continue my development.”


Academy Manager Robin Nicholls added: “Zak has had an outstanding few seasons with the Academy. He has consistently performed to an exceptional level, leading to him being stretched into older age groups. This led to external recognition when he was selected to play, and captain, England Under-18s in their most recent international camp in June 2023. He is someone who always displays the approach and dedication that we believe indicates a strong future with the Club.”

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