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dealt latest blow as highly-rated former PSV Eindhoven youngster Wouter Verstraaten snubs them to play for NON-LEAGUE side South Shields had been impressed by Wouter Verstraaten on trial earlier in season  They offered him a role in Under-23s set-up after he featured against Liverpool But Verstraaten rejected them and has decided to pledge future to South Shields He said: 'I feel that it is the right place for me to grow as a player and improve' Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Will Griffee For Mailonline

Published: 11:38 BST, 19 May 2020 | Updated: 15:26 BST, 19 May 2020

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have been dealt their latest blow by a player choosing to join non-league South Shields instead of the League One Black Cats. 

Former PSV Eindhoven academy graduate Wouter Verstraaten had been given an offer to join 's Under-23s after impressing on trial in a game against Liverpool, but he has snubbed them.   

He played 14 times for the club before the coronavirus pandemic suspended football and were keen on bringing him into their set-up. 

Wouter Verstraaten (left) had a trial with Sunderland Under-23s but rejected their offer

Wouter Verstraaten (left) had a trial with Under-23s but rejected their offer

But the North East club have been left red-faced with Verstraaten, who can play across defence or in midfield, choosing South Shields instead. 

He told the Echo: 'I am very happy to have signed this deal, as it took a while before we finally got it done.

'I am very pleased that South Shields have shown their confidence in me

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