Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson has responded to an interview from Aiden McGeady discussing his future with the Black Cats.
The 92-cap Republic of Ireland international, who has returned to the club following his loan spell with Charlton last term, has seen his future at the Stadium of Light under the microscope as of late. The £653,000-valued attacker returned to training with the Black Cats’ under-23s earlier this summer but a recent calf injury limited his pre-season involvement.
Numerous reports about the winger’s future have followed, with The Northern Echo reporting that McGeady would not be included in Parkinson’s first team plans.
McGeady touched on his desire to convince Parkinson of his ability lately, speaking to The Go Radio Football Show (as reported by The Scottish Sun), and the Sunderland boss has now offered a response.
“We would like Aiden to move on,” Parkinson said over Zoom ahead of his side’s league opener with Bristol Rovers.
“As I’ve said, I think the time is right for Aiden to move on. We’ve got young players in the squad who we want to give the opportunities to.
“As ever in football, players move on and younger players emerge. That’s what we’d like.
“The window doesn’t close till October, Aiden is injured at the moment but he needs to get himself fit and hopefully we can reach an agreement where he finds a club he can go play for which he’s obviously happy with.”
McGeady has featured for Sunderland in 98 games, scoring 27 goals and supplying 13 assists in the process.
If McGeady needed clarification over his future, this is it. Parkinson has not held back in stating his desire to sell the winger and free up a potential squad place.
Of course, this is a gamble, especially given that question marks remain over Sunderland’s current attacking options after meagre goal tallies last season. Should those players again fail to deliver, Parkinson could find himself wondering if he should have handed McGeady a renewed chance.
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