Accrington Stanley have taken Polish goalkeeper Max Stryjek on loan until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old joins from Championship club Sunderland, where he has been a regular in between the posts for the Under 23’s side.
Stryjek had a three-month loan spell at Boston United in 2015, making 12 appearances and kept six clean sheets with the National League outfit.
He joined the Black Cats from MKS Polonia back in 2013 and he has also featured for the Poland national team at Under 17, Under 18 and Under 19 level.
The goalkeeper, who penned a new contract at the Stadium of Light last season, said: “This is my first opportunity to be around the first team of a League Two football club and I’m looking forward to it.
“It’s going to be a great experience for me to come here and I can’t wait to meet the lads and everybody here at Accrington.
“I’m expecting a huge challenge, it’s going to be faster and more physical and I’ve got to make sure that I’m ready for that.”
Stryjek was born in Warsaw and has been in England five years.
“I started playing football for my school aged six,” he said. “I played there for five years before moving to Polonia Warsaw and at 15 I began to play for the Polish national team age groups.
“Following that, at 16, I travelled to England for a trial at Sunderland, they signed me and I played development squad football as well as making my way up through the ranks with Poland up to Under 19s.
“Now I have got my chance to play regular football at a club like Accrington which is a fantastic opportunity and I will work hard to make my time here a success.”
Manager John Coleman said: “We have beaten off a couple of clubs to get him which is a coup for Accrington as we usually get the last pick.
“He is highly thought of, he has played for Polish Under 21s. Hopefully he will have the same impact as goalkeepers at Accrington have had in the past.”
Stanley’s new man is now available to sponsor for both his home and away kit, priced at £149 inc vat or both at a reduced rate of £275 inc vat.