Hailing from Prudhoe in Northumberland, George Honeyman first joined Sunderland’s Academy at the age of ten.
After progressing through the Wearsiders’ youth ranks, he broke into their U18s set-up towards the back end of the 2010/11 campaign and ended the season with a total of eight appearances.
He played 21 games at youth level in 2011/12, scoring once, and also made an impressive start to life in the development squad, appearing five times.
His progress continued during the 2012/13 campaign as he scored six goals in 20 games for the U18s, which led to the youngster signing his first professional contract with the Black Cats.
The versatile midfielder made 17 appearances for Sunderland’s U21s during the 2013/14 season followed by 15 in 2014/15, during which he also scored three goals in the league.
The 2014/15 campaign also saw Honeyman make his first-team debut for the Stadium of Light when coming off the bench against Bradford City in the FA Cup in February 2015.
The following season saw Honeyman head out on loan to National Conference side Gateshead. He went on to make nine appearances for The Tynesiders and netted the first goal of his career when scoring the winner in a 3–2 triumph at Boreham Wood in October 2015.
The 22-year-old made his Premier League debut for Sunderland at Watford in May 2016 before making a further 10 appearances during the 2016/17 campaign – including the Black Cats’ 2-0 victory over the Tigers at the KCOM Stadium in May 2017.
However, Honeyman had to wait until August 2017 for his first senior goal in red and white when he scored the only goal of the game as Sunderland booked their place in Round Two of the Carabao Cup with victory over Bury.
And a week later, he was on the scoresheet again, this time netting in the Sky Bet Championship against Sheffield Wednesday, going on to score seven goals – and two assists – in 45 games in all competitions.
A hard-working player with a fine combination of youth and experience; Honeyman was appointed as Sunderland’s new captain and led his side the Checkatrade Trophy Final and League One Play-Off Final.
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