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Carlos EdwardsSunderland midfielder Carlos Edwards will enter the “Soca Warriors” for the first time since the end of the Premiership season on Thursday to join preparations going into the June 6 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.
Edwards will have his first session under head coach Russell Latapy at the Dwight Yorke Stadium while the two remaining players Dwight Yorke and Kenwyne Jones will join the camp later this month.

Jones will join the Soca Warriors’ camp amidst transfer speculation over the past week. And in related news, Sunderland Association Football Club announced that American Billionaire Ellis Short will take 100% control of the club.

Niall Quinn who will remain chairmen of the club made these comments, "I first met Ellis at the Ryder Cup in 2006 and he was immediately interested in the Sunderland story. He caught the football bug following his move to the UK 10 years ago."

Quinn added that Short’s involvement in the club enabled them to turn down a massive bid for Jones in January.

"Even before today he has personally invested more in Sunderland than all previous chairmen, directors and owners combined."

"Ellis' involvement to date also enabled us to turn down a club record bid of up to £20million for Kenwyne Jones from Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window."

Drumville's John Ryan, non executive directors Pat Bierne, John Hays, Charlie Chawke and Owen McGartoll are all to step down.  Leaving the Sunderland board down to Niall Quinn, Steve Walton, Lesley Callaghan, Margaret Byrne and Chris Woerts.

The club also announced that Dwight Yorke's contract has ended as a player and there could be the chance of Yorke being offered a coaching role.

Djibril Cisse has also returned to Marseille after a season long loan deal with the “Black Cats”.

Veteran striker David Connolly is set to go, after seeing out his original three year contract, hardly seeing the bench in the last two seasons.

Both on loan defenders Tal Ben Haim and Calum Davenport have returned to there clubs, but it is thought that Sunderland are considering making an approach for Davenport.