Rigg signs first professional deal with Sunderland

Chris Rigg
Sunderland midfielder Chris Rigg is the England Under-17 captain [Rex]

Midfielder Chris Rigg has signed his first professional contract with Sunderland.

The 17-year-old academy graduate has agreed a three-deal to stay at the Stadium of Light until at least 2027.

At 15 he became Sunderland's youngest debutant when he came off in the bench in an FA Cup tie against Fulham in February 2023.

He then became the youngest goalscorer in the club's history at 16 when he scored against Crewe Alexandra in the EFL Cup last August.

It was the start of a breakthrough season with 22 appearances and three goals.

“I am absolutely buzzing," he told the club website. "I have been dying to sign for almost a year now.

"The hard work starts now but I am looking forward to making many more memories representing this Club.”

Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman added: "Chris’ talent, and more recently his performances within the first team, made interest and speculation inevitable, and it is a testament to all behind the scenes that he has committed his future to our Club.”