Sunderland keeper Dixon extends Boston United loan stay

Joel Dixon.
Joel Dixon.

Sunderland goalkeeper Joel Dixon will remain at Boston United until the new year.

The on-loan stopper has penned a deal to remain with the Pilgrims until January 5, following an impressive few weeks between the sticks.

Dixon arrived at the club on work experience from the Black Cats’ under 21s academy.

But he turns 21 on Tuesday, meaning the terms of his stay have to change to a loan period.

Dixon marked his United debut with a penalty save in the 3-1 victory over AFC Fylde.

Since then he has played his part in a Pilgrims squad which finished November unbeaten in the Vanarama North, following two victories and three draws.

“Joel’s a good keeper and he’s done well for us,” said United manager Dennis Greene.

Dixon is the latest Sunderland academy player to enjoy a stint at the Jakemans Stadium, following on from Liam Agnew, David Ferguson and Liam Marrs - who is now a permanent member of the squad.

It is also hoped that Dixon - who continues to train in the north east throughout the week - can also push regular United keeper Sam Vince, who has recently returned from a three-match suspension, picked up in the 3-1 victory against Hyde.