Sunderland have confirmed that Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty has left the club after his contract came to an end.
Lafferty signed for the Black Cats in January on a short-term deal and his performances were impressive up until the abandonment of the 2019/20 League One season.
Making 11 appearances for the Wearside club in which he netted two goals, the former Glasgow Rangers man proved to be a good option in Phil Parkinson’s attack, fighting for a position along with Charlie Wyke and Will Grigg.
The 32-year-old’s exit sees him potentially join a whole host of Sunderland players who will become free agents this summer.
Following the end to the 2019/20 season, an official statement from Sunderland has now confirmed Lafferty’s exit from the Stadium of Light, saying: “Sunderland AFC can confirm that Kyle Lafferty has left the club.”
Prior to his spell with the Black Cats, Lafferty had been playing for Norwegian club Sarpsborg, but he will now attempt to find a new employer, having already lined out for 11 different clubs across six countries in his career.
Sunderland are staring at a mass exodus and, whilst some fans may see that as a bad thing, it could yet prove to be a blessing, with those already at the club missing out on promotion for a second year in a row.
Looking at the squad in general, current boss Parkinson could have his work cut out to develop a group of players capable of achieving promotion to the Championship, all the more so with Lafferty gone.
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