Linfield FC can confirm that 19 year old Trai Hume has today signed for Sunderland (subject to the completion of the necessary international clearance formalities).
Trai has been with Linfield since 2013, with the exception of last season which he spent on loan at his home town club Ballymena United.
He captained Linfield Swifts to Steel and Sons cup success at Seaview at Christmas in 2019 and he is a Northern Ireland under 21 international.
Trai made a total of 31 appearances (6 as sub) for the Linfield first team and he scored 3 goals - two in separate games against Glentoran and his final goal in Saturday’s win in Dungannon.
Trai leaves Linfield with the best wishes of everyone at the club and team manager and a former Sunderland player, David Healy paid the following tribute and farewell.
“I want to wish Trai every success at Sunderland. He’s been a real credit to himself and his family since he has been at our club and worked his way through to becoming a first team regular and a hot cross channel transfer target.
We’ve always had full belief and faith in Trai in our club and we always knew he’d be good enough to secure a suitable opportunity across the water.
He’s joining a huge club and one I know well. His new team are very much on the up at the minute and it’s a really great opportunity for Trai at this stage of his career.
Of course, we will miss him but we wish him every success and we know he will give the move his all and make the most of the terrific opportunity that has come his way.
I know I speak for everyone at the club - directors, coaches, staff, players and supporters when I say Good luck in all that you do in this exciting new challenge that awaits you. I’ve no doubt that you will be a success.”
Trai’s interview with Jamie Megarry will follow shortly.