Sunderland are ‘hopeful’ that star striker Ross Stewart will sign a new contract at the club this summer, journalist Phil Smith has claimed.
The Lowdown: Stewart stars for Black Cats
The Black Cats enjoyed a memorable 2021/22 season, earning promotion back to the Championship after beating Wycombe Wanderers in the League One playoff final.
It was Stewart who was the standout player throughout the campaign, not only scoring in the 2-0 win at Wembley but also netting 26 times in the league overall.
The hope is that the 25-year-old is ready to commit his long-term future to the club, with his current deal expiring next summer.
The Latest: New deal close?
Taking to Twitter, Smith claimed that Sunderland are confident that that will be the case in the near future:
“SAFC seem hopeful Ross Stewart will sign a new deal at the club. Neil spoke to him recently, said he was ‘content & looking forward to the season’. Added: ‘I’m pretty sure that’ll get resolved.‘”
The Verdict: As important as any signing
Tying down Stewart to a new contract is of the utmost importance this summer – in fact, it is arguably more vital than any new signing, whoever that may be, such is his influence.
Will Ross Stewart be a Sunderland player next season?
The Scot is a talismanic figure who spearheads Sunderland’s attack superbly, using his physical prowess to devastating effect and proving to be ruthless in front of goal. An overall record of 29 goals in 65 appearances for the club is a testament to that.
If the Black Cats are to enjoy a successful first season back in the Championship, Stewart will need to take his League One form up a level – something that he will surely revel in doing.
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