Hamilton are being linked with Sunderland goalkeeper Anthony Patterson this January.
According to the Sun’s Alan Nixon, the 20-year-old could be heading out on loan to Brian Rice’s side for the remainder of the season.
New Black Cats boss Lee Johnson highly rates the academy graduate, handing him just his second first team appearance recently in an EFL Trophy fixture away to Oldham.
He was full of praise for the goalkeeper, who made a crucial save late on to make it a winning start to life at Sunderland for the former Bristol City manager.
He said to Sunderland Echo:
“He looks the part in terms of him filling the goal, and he’s got lovely agility. I never felt unconfident when the balls were coming into the box. He claimed a couple and, for a young goalkeeper, normally they’re good shot-stoppers because of the training they do, but it’s the box management. I thought his box management was excellent and he put his foot on a few good connections that could have been a bit risky.”
Patterson signed a new contract in the summer for the League One club and it is believed that he’ll make the journey over the border to help Accies in their bid for Premiership survival.
Accies are currently sat in 11th place, four points ahead of bottom side Ross County, claiming 17 points from their opening 19 games.
It is hoped that the youngster could be a future number one after gaining some vital first team experience and he is currently rated ahead of former Accies loanee Remi Matthews by the Black Cats fans.
Over the last couple of seasons, we’ve seen Hamilton look south for young English goalkeepers more regularly and it’s fair to say its paid dividends as they’ve gained a couple of gems in the process.
Rice signed Luke Southwood on-loan from Championship side Reading last term and he was arguably the club’s player of the season while the aforementioned Matthew’s was also held in high regard during his loan spell in 2016/17.
Hamilton already have three goalkeepers in Ryan Fulton, Kyle Gourlay and Ryan Scully, but it’s inevitable that the latter will leave upon the expiry of his short-term contract in January.
Fulton hobbled off with an injury during last night’s defeat to Livingston, therefore should that be a long-term injury, the arrival of Patterson to South Lanarkshire would be a welcome one.