Sunderland AFC is delighted to announce that Anthony Patterson has signed a new long-term contract.
An Academy of Light graduate, the England Under-21 international has extended his stay at the Stadium of Light until 30 June 2028.
Patterson has made 84 senior appearances for SAFC since making his first-team debut in November 2020, keeping 26 clean sheets in all competitions during that time.
The goalkeeper established himself as the Club’s number one during the 2021-22 season, which culminated in promotion following a Play-Off Final victory over Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley Stadium.
Named the North East Football Writers' Association Young Player of the Year for 2022, the 23-year-old featured in all 46 of the Black Cats’ Championship fixtures last season.
After putting pen to paper, Patterson said: “I’m absolutely delighted to sign a new contract because you can see the trajectory the Club is on and it’s an exciting time to be here. It’s obviously an absolute dream to come through the academy to where I am now, as when you first join the Club at the age of 10, you don’t ever think too much about actually playing for Sunderland. I just want to keep improving, help the team as much as I can, and hopefully that ensures the Club finishes as high as possible this season.”
Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman added: “We are delighted with Anthony’s progress and he’s establishing himself as one of the best young English goalkeepers, so it’s a real statement that he’s committed to a new long-term contract with us. We have confidence in him and his ability to further improve, and equally he has confidence in us, which I feel is important. We must recognise the input of the wider team in his progression, but also key personnel in Mark Prudhoe and Alessandro Barcherini, who have played and will continue play important roles in his success. As an academy graduate, we couldn’t be happier for Anthony and his journey so far is a testament to the work undertaken by him and so many staff over a significant period of time.”