Highly-rated Sunderland youngster Bali Mumba has joined South Shields on loan.

The 18-year-old – who made his first-team debut for the Black Cats in May 2018 – will spend the rest of the season at Mariners Park.

Mumba, from South Shields, could make his first appearance for his hometown club in Saturday’s league trip to Bamber Bridge.

South Shields joint manager Graham Fenton said: “We’re delighted to have someone of Bali’s calibre joining us for the final push in the league season.

“He is very highly-regarded at Sunderland having been regularly involved in the first-team squad over the last two years, and we’d like to thank all the members of staff at Sunderland who have enabled this to happen.

“Bali will give us undoubted real quality and athleticism, and I’m sure he will gain massively from the experience with us across the two-month period.

“We’re looking forward to getting him started.”

Mumba made his debut for Sunderland as a 16-year-old in May 2018, coming on as a substitute in the Black Cats’ victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He was handed the captain’s armband when he came on, becoming the club’s youngest-ever captain in the process.

He has now made 10 appearances for the Black Cats’ first-team, while he has also represented England at Under-16s, Under-17s, Under-18s and Under-19s levels.

Mumba will link up at Mariners Park with Sunderland team-mate Jordan Hunter, who is also with Shields for the rest of the season.

The club is delighted to announce that Jordan Hunter’s loan from Sunderland has been extended until the end of the season.

Hunter has performed superbly since joining on loan from the Black Cats in August.

He has scored once in 15 appearances and been a key part of the team’s excellent defensive record so far this season.

Shields fans can now look forward to watching the right-back for the remainder of the campaign.

Joint manager Graham Fenton said: “Everyone at the club is over the moon that we’ve managed to secure an extension of Jordan’s loan until the end of the season.

“It’s safe to say that Jordan’s performances have definitely warranted us acquiring his services for an extended period and I know he has quickly become a fans’ favourite here.

“We would like to thank Sunderland AFC and particularly Kevin Ball for allowing this to happen and we look forward to the relationship between the two clubs developing and flourishing further over the next few years.”

South Shields have signed exciting forward Lee Connelly from Sunderland on a 28-day youth loan.

The 19-year-old, who has represented Scotland at youth levels, could make his debut for Shields in Saturday’s league game against Hyde United at Mariners Park.

Connelly joins fellow Sunderland youngster Jordan Hunter in making a loan switch to the Mariners.

He can play anywhere across the forward line and made his debut for the Black Cats’ first team in the EFL Cup last October.

South Shields joint manager Graham Fenton said: “We have watched Lee on a number of occasions and have been really impressed with him over the last 12 months.

“We have been particularly impressed with his work ethic, awareness of spaces and well-timed movements, as well as his finishing ability.

“He is a versatile forward who can play across all three front positions, and we’re delighted to bring him on board to bolster the squad in this early part of the season when we have so many games coming thick and fast.

“We really appreciate Sunderland AFC’s help over the past week in allowing us to take a couple of their bright young prospects on loan.”

Picture courtesy of Sunderland AFC.