Sunderland sign Altrincham striker Duncan Watmore

Duncan Watmore

Sunderland have signed striker Duncan Watmore from non-league Altrincham for an undisclosed fee.

The 19-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with the Black Cats and will join up with the under-21 side, coached by academy boss Ged McNamee, on 1 July.

Watmore scored 14 goals in 29 games for the Conference North club in 2012-13.

"There's also an immense sense of pride that he has deservedly earned himself a fantastic opportunity," Altrincham chairman Grahame Rowley commented.

The teenager is the son of former Football Association chief executive Ian Watmore.

And Alrincham manager Lee Sinnott said the club would "watch his progress with interest" at the Stadium of Light.

"We would all like to congratulate Duncan on securing a move to Sunderland," he added.

"He has been a popular member of the squad and Sunderland are acquiring a player with many years of development in him."

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