Sunderland striker Will Grigg has opened up about his much-documented move to the club, saying he should not have left former club Wigan Athletic when he did.
The Black Cats missed out on promotion to the Championship for a second successive year after finishing eighth in the League One table due to the season being curtailed via a points-per-game system.
Manager Phil Parkinson is expected to make wholesale changes during the summer months as he looks to build a side capable of securing promotion to England’s second tier.
Grigg, who joined the Wearsiders in January 2019, had a lacklustre season for the club, netting just one goal and gaining one assist in his 20 appearances and his future is now being addressed ahead of what should be a busy summer at the Stadium of Light.
Grigg’s move, largely documented via Netflix series Sunderland Til I Die, arrived on Wearside from Wigan Athletic in a deal worth £4m. Failing to make an impact since that move, the 28-year-old has now opened up about his exit from Wigan, saying that he did not want to make the deadline day move back in 2019.
Speaking to The Athletic in a wide-ranging exclusive interview, Grigg said: “At no point would I ever have wanted to leave. I would love to return. At the time, I felt as though I was forced into… not forced, but I felt like I didn’t have a choice when they accepted the offer. I had to leave. I should not have left when I did.”
It has proved nothing short of a failed transfer by Sunderland. Grigg has simply failed to make an impact and Parkinson should look to end the Northern Ireland striker’s time at the club this summer, potentially using his sale to sign a new attacker.
Grigg’s admission that he did not want to leave Wigan is hardly surprising, given the drama that surrounded the deal, as was seen in the aforementioned Netflix series.
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