George Honeyman, once thought to be among those wanting to leave Sunderland, as the new club captain.
SAFC.com quotes the manager, Jack Ross, as saying: “George’s attitude towards training on a daily basis is absolutely fantastic What he has is an absolute feel for this club because he’s come through the academy, but he’s also suffered, as a lot of people have through the past couple of years, and it bothers him.”
“He wants to help take the club forward and there’s no better way for him to do that than by being a successful captain. He’s a mature and intelligent young man, and his energy levels and application in games will be a major asset for us, so I’m delighted he’s wanted to take on the responsibility.”
Read more about it, and the midfielder’s own thought the “best moment of my career so far”, at the club site at this link. Honeyman is the first product of theclub to captain the side since Michael Gray.
When remembering the comment that he would rather play at a higher level than where SAFC find themselves, remember also that the words came from his agent, the former CEO Margaret Byrne, whose departure from Sunderland was hardly the most edifying moment of her career.
Nick Barnes, the BBC Newcastle match commentator on Sunderland games, posted this at Facebook: “There will be plenty who don’t agree with this but in my experience Honeyman loves the club and has worked tirelessly through pre-season to convince Jack Ross he is worthy of wearing the arm-band.
“Ross has justified his decision and Honeyman was only expressing ambition earlier in pre-season, which is to be applauded, and the situation was taken out of context.”