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MIDDLESBROUGH have handed a week's trial to The New Saints' defender Ryan Pryce, amid interest from Sunderland and Stoke City.

The 19-year-old Telford-born product of the TNS Scholarship Scheme has already made 19 full and nine substitute appearances in the Welsh Premier League since breaking into the team during the 2014/15 season and has established himself as a key member of the squad.

The attacking full-back impressed for TNS during their Champions League qualifiers at the start of the season and several Premier League and Championship sides are said to be keeping tabs on his progress. Stoke and Sunderland have both shown an interest in Pryce. But Middlesbrough - where TNS manager Craig Harrison has close ties having made 24 appearances and used his contacts to set-up the trial- are hoping to steal a march on their Premier League rivals by taking the player to Teesside.

Pryce will spend this week training with Middlesbrough so that Boro's coaching staff can have a look at him at close quarters before deciding whether or not to pursue their interest in the right-back.