Last Updated: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:04
Sunderland under-21 captain Adam Reed is likely to leave the club in the summer as he looks for regular first team football.
Reed's current deal comes to a conclusion at the end of the season and it would appear he is unlikely to be offered a new one.
Even if one were to be on offer he would be unlikely to sign it as he wants to play first team football.
Reed is currently on a month long deal with his fourth loan club of the season, Portsmouth, and is enjoying playing on a regular basis.
Reed believes he can make it at the top level but after never making a first team appearance for Martin O'Neill's men, he recognises that his future may be elsewhere.
"My contract is up in the summer and I've been out on loan a lot, so I've played quite a few league games now.
"But then you go back and you don't get an opportunity - so it gets a bit frustrating.
"I know I will have to look at my future, and I will find out sooner rather than later whether they will offer me a contract or whether I want to find another club and play first-team football.
"I've been there a long time, and it will be hard to make that decision if I decide to leave.
"But every player wants to play first-team football once you've had that taste."
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