Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has admitted he is eager to extend his contract with the League One side, but a new deal is yet to be offered.
The Scottish shot-stopper admitted to the Chronicle that contract discussions have gone quiet after an initial discussion between the club’s owners and his agent following a season where McLaughlin was voted as Sunderland’s Player of the Year.
The Chronicle also claim that the former Hearts keeper has attracted interest from other clubs following his impressive first season with the Black Cats, where McLaughlin made 55 appearances for the northeast side (per Transfermarkt).
Speaking to the Chronicle, McLaughlin said: “My agent has had a conversation with the owners and the finance guys and they said they wanted to do something and they wanted to know what we wanted, but they haven’t made any offers or said ‘this is what we’d like to do’.
“So for the time being there is nothing on the table and that’s where we find ourselves. I’d love to sign a new deal but the honest answer is that we want to sign the right deal, not just signed away our future if it’s not right for us long-term.”
With McLaughlin’s deal expiring at the end of the season, Sunderland are seemingly playing a risky game not handing the Scottish international a new contract with teams reportedly interested in the 31-year-old shot-stopper, who started for Jack Ross’ side in the opening game of the 2019/20 campaign.
As the clubs reigning Player of the Year, keeping hold of McLaughlin will be a vital piece in Ross’ grand plan to take Sunderland back to the Championship, with the Black Cats boss recently admitting via the Chronicle that he is eager to improve things at the back rather than upfront, which means retaining the Scotsman.
With 15 clean sheets in the league last season, McLaughlin registered the joint-third most shutouts out of any ‘keeper in League One (per Transfermarkt), and tying down the former Hearts player’s long-term future to Sunderland will mean the club retaining one of the best ‘keepers in the division for the foreseeable future.
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