The Sunderland defender has attracted interest from Doncaster Rovers

Sunderland have decided to let Cieran Dunne leave the club this summer without offering him a new deal – and Doncaster are ready to give him a chance in the Second Division, Sun journalist Alan Nixon reports.

The Black Cats hardly played the 22-year-old during his time at the Stadium of Light, instead he had to get most of his football from the team’s reserve squad. He couldn’t manage a game for them in League One and his only first-team experience in a league situation comes from Falkirk.

Now the club have decided to cut their losses and let go of the defender – and Doncaster are ready to land him on a free transfer as they prepare for life in the Fourth Division, as reported by Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

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The Rovers spent most of the League One season struggling in the drop zone and were eventually condemned to a League Two spot and relegated. However, the side are now tasked with preparing their squad, brushing things up and trying to go straight back to the third division.

Their rebuilding has also apparently already started and the club are now eyeing a deal for Dunne. He doesn’t have much Football League experience but his stint in Scotland yielded six games while his stint in the Black Cat reserves ended up giving him over 30 games’ worth of experience.

Now it looks like the youngster will be given the opportunity in the second division – and on a deal that’s worth nothing, it could also be a smart move by the club.

The judgment

Cieran Dunne may not have much experience yet but he looks like the kind of signing Doncaster should make. He has the potential to be very good considering his age and will be determined to prove himself in the Football League having given very few chances so far.

That could also be a problem for Rovers fans who might not want a player with very little playing time coming in. There’s always a chance it goes too far – it could pay off handsomely or he could end up being a flop and no doubt some will be concerned he might not make it given he’s been released for free by Sunderland became.

However, the Black Cats are now a championship team and it probably would have been difficult for a 22-year-old with little playing time to break into the first team given the level they are at now. However, he could be given a chance to flourish at Doncaster in the fourth tier and it could really pay off.

With a deal worth nothing, it could be a risk worth taking – and the player will no doubt relish the chance to actually get on the field in the Football League too.

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