Sunderland winger Aiden McGeady has revealed that he wants to stay and fight for his place at the Stadium of Light.
As the summer transfer window opened up, Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson saw a whole host of players depart Wearside.
One player who has not left the club and whose future remains in doubt is 92-cap Republic of Ireland international McGeady, who has returned to the club following his loan spell with Charlton last term.
The £653,000-valued attacker returned to training with the Black Cats’ under-23s earlier this summer but a recent calf injury has now limited his involvement and Northern Echo have since reported that he will not be part of Sunderland’s first team plans.
Despite those claims and Phil Parkinson’s decision not to include the winger in his squad selection, McGeady has now touched on his desire to convince the Black Cats boss to hand him a chance.
“Currently I am in the bomb squad, I think we have all been there before. I’m training at 2 o’clock every day.
“It’s a hard one for me because I have came back from being on loan and there is talk of the club being taken over and a lot of different things.
“I’m just kind of sitting here thinking I want another chance.
“I can’t say too much about it because I am still employed and contracted by the club but the truth always comes out in the end.
“Whatever people think happened between me and the manager… I think it should just remain a football decision.
“It’s a funny one because I have another year left on my deal and I want to play for Sunderland. I’ve made it as clear as that.”
Since his arrival at Sunderland, McGeady has featured in no fewer than 98 games, scoring 27 goals and supplying 13 assists in the process.
McGeady’s desire to play again for Sunderland is quite the statement and is something of a surprise, especially given that Parkinson seems convinced about not handing him a future at the club.
The Irish attacker certainly could make an impact given his record at the club, and if Parkinson’s current attacking players struggle, a change in decision from the Sunderland boss could be necessary.
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