Sunderland have offered a new contract to striker Chris Maguire in a bid to keep him at the Stadium of Light.
With the League One season coming to an abrupt end via a points-per-game system, Sunderland ended up finishing eighth position in the league table.
Missing out on a play-off place, the Black Cats are now heading for a third successive season in England’s third tier.
Boss Phil Parkinson will now attempt to put plans in place to build a side for next term capable of gaining promotion to the Championship.
Maguire arrived at the Stadium of Light in June 2018, signing a two-year deal with the club from Bury.
Appearing 35 times for the Wearside club this term, the Scottish goalscorer has netted an impressive 10 goals and gained 12 assists.
Along with a new contract offer for Maguire, Sunderland are also hoping to keep hold of Tom Flanagan and Jon McLaughlin.
Contributing to 22 of Sunderland’s goals this term, Maguire is obviously a key player at the club, and you have to agree with the decision to offer him a new contract.
Whether or not the striker will accept that deal is another question, especially after failing to move up to the Championship this season. But if Parkinson can convince the forward to stay, it would be a huge boost for the Black Cats and leave them one position less to fill in the upcoming transfer window.
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