Tyrese Dyce wants to play ‘men’s football’ after Sunderland release

TYRESE Dyce’s desire for first-team football has led to his departure from Sunderland after just a year at Wearside, the full-back told the Northern Echo.

The 21-year-old joined the Stadium of Light last summer after being sacked by West Bromwich Albion but only played two games for the Black Cats in the Papa John’s Trophy. He scored the winning goal in the 2-1 win over Manchester United U23.

While Dyce was a regular for the youth side in Premier League 2, he only found himself in the matchday squad for a League One game once all season, when he was on the bench in the 1-1 draw with Oxford United in December took a seat.

The left-back joined National League North side Spennymoor Town on loan until the end of the season, but injury limited him to just one stand-in against Brackley Town at Brewery Field.

As early as March, Dyce explained the loan move to Spennymoor as an opportunity away from youth football: “It’s just about really playing men’s football. I’ve never played men’s soccer. Being 23 it’s not as challenging as men’s football so I feel like I need that experience (Spennymoor) for the next stage in my career.”

However, Dyce will leave Sunderland when his contract expires after the club confirmed his list last week. A total of 16 players will leave Wearside, including fan favorite Aiden McGeady.

The Northern Echo: Tyrese Dyce scores against the Manchester United Under-21s in the Papa John's Trophy.Tyrese Dyce scores against Manchester United U21 in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Dyce’s challenge to secure a spot in the Black Cats’ starting lineup was always a tall order, with Dennis Cirkin taking the spot at left-back during his breakthrough season in senior football. Denver Hume played the role of second-choice full-back until his departure to Portsmouth in January.

Despite a lack of first-team opportunities, Dyce claims it was a worthwhile endeavor at Wearside as he decides the next steps in his career.

He continued: “It was a good experience at Sunderland. I learned a lot. Started the pre-season with the first team. That’s all I can take away from this experience. It’s just about continuing to learn.

“I didn’t really go there to play 23s. I wanted to try to break into the first team, which didn’t happen. It’s a learning curve and we’ll keep going.”

Fellow Under-23s Kenton Richardson, Patrick Almond, Sam Wilding, Stephen Wearne and Will Harris have also been sacked by Sunderland.

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