Sunderland attacker Aiden McGeady has been told his future lies elsewhere by Phil Parkinson after he began training with the under-23 side.
A whole host of first team players have departed the club this summer, including first-choice goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin leaving for a move to Scottish Premiership side Rangers.
However, despite those exits, Parkinson has had some tough decisions to make regarding some of the current Sunderland squad.
McGeady is one of those, with the 92-cap Republic of Ireland international returning to Wearside following his loan spell with Charlton last term.
The £653,000-valued attacker returned to training with the Black Cats’ under-23s earlier this summer but a recent calf injury has now limited his involvement.
Northern Echo now claim that McGeady will not be part of Sunderland’s squad next term and that the club are desperately trying to offload him with one-year remaining on his current deal.
Since his arrival at Sunderland, McGeady has featured in no fewer than 98 games, scoring 27 goals and supplying 13 assists in the process.
It is strange that McGeady does not fall into Parkinson’s plans, especially given his previous impact at the club, but it seems Parkinson is now trying a fresh approach and what has he got to lose.
His job is very much on the line, although it may not seem that desperate. The Black Cats boss simply cannot fail to find promotion this season.
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