Sunderland midfielder Josh Scowen is set to remain at the club for a further year, despite a clause in his contract that allows him to leave this summer.
Having missed out on gaining promotion last season, losing in the play-off final to Charlton Athletic, the Black Cats were hit with the news that they would miss out this term due to the season ending prematurely via a points-per-game system.
Set to embark on a third successive season in League One, the Black Cats will now look to develop a squad capable of returning to the Championship.
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A whole host of players will see their current contracts come to a close at the end of June, whilst the future of others in the Sunderland squad remain in doubt.
Scowen, who arrived at the Stadium of Light from Championship club Queens Park Rangers in January, is said to have had a clause included in his deal that would allow him to leave if promotion did not materialise.
However, Chronicle LIVE now report that the midfielder looks set to extend his stay for another 12 months.
Scowen, formerly of Barnsley and currently valued at £720,000, made four appearances for the club before the pandemic caused a halt in the 2019/2020 campaign.
Scowen’s stay at Sunderland is a certain ‘thing to do’ knocked off the list of manager Phil Parkinson, but the midfielder has barely had chance to make an impression so you can hardly expect fans to feel too excited by the news.
Four appearances, with three of those coming from the bench, hardly gave the 27-year-old time to adjust or show his worth, and one thing Sunderland can not afford to do next season, is give players time to adjust.
The Black Cats need instant success and for that to come, the summer transfer window needs to be done with complete precision. But, securing Scowen now allows for him to get a full pre-season under his belt in the north east, which will surely benefit him and the club ahead of 20/21.
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