New Sunderland signing Danny Graham has discussed his return to the club after netting his first goal of the season against Aston Villa’s under-21 side.
Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson has bolstered his attacking options with the arrival of the 35-year-old, confirming the deal earlier this week.
After leaving Championship side Blackburn Rovers following the expiry of his contract, Graham returns to the League One side on a free transfer for a second spell with the Wearsiders.
The experienced striker, who is valued at £428,000 by Transfermarkt, has 170 career goals to his name but only netted once in 42 appearances for Sunderland over a three-year spell at the Stadium of Light.
Quoted by Shields Gazette, Graham revealed his delight at netting against Villa’s youngsters in midweek, saying: “Second time around, to get off the mark early is the perfect start.
“Hopefully that can be the catalyst for me to kick on, have a good season and get us out of this league.”
The 8-1 EFL Trophy win over Villa saw Charlie Wyke (2), Josh Scowen, Max Power, Morgan Feeney, George Dobson, Aiden O’Brien and Graham himself all find the net, an ideal way to prepare for Saturday’s League One opener against Bristol Rovers.
Sunderland fans may be expecting more from Graham this time around after such a bleak first spell at the club, although his goal in midweek could bode well for the season ahead.
The challenge for the 35-year-old now will be to reproduce that consistently rather than only delivering in flashes.
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