Dutch defender Wouter Verstraaten has decided to reject the chance to sign for Sunderland in order to stay with South Shields FC.

The 24-year-old had a trial period at Sunderland in February, and the League one side were hoping to sign the defender.

However, according to the Sunderland Echo, Verstraaten has decided to reject Sunderland in order to sign a new deal with South Shields FC, who play in the seventh tier of English football.

Verstraaten said on the club’s website, “I am very happy that South Shields has shown so much confidence in me during these strange times. I feel everything that I can continue to grow here as a player. It is always a pleasure to be able to play here.”

Verstraaten was a youth player for PSV Eindhoven and had a spell with FC Eindhoven before moving to England.

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