Monsieur Salut writes: we all love a marquee signing, the arrival at the Stadium of Light of Light of a game-changing player. I have no problem with bivouac signings, as our three new acquisitions so far, all frees, might be termed. As long as Jack Ross and his scouts have done their homework correctly, they may turn out to be important components of Sunderland’s forthcoming second go at getting out of League One. But the contract extension for Aiden McGeady is in a different league …
Aiden McGeady, indisputably one of League One’s classiest players last season, is staying at Sunderland.
A contract extension prolongs his stay to the end of the 2020-21 season and the news is as welcome as the seven-figure signings – OK, we are where we are so more likely six-figure – we’re hoping for.
It doesn’t seem to have been an especially difficult deal to clinch. McGeady was known in advance to feel settled at Sunderland. But there were suitors, even for a 33-year-old who has had his share of injury problems.
But McGeady tells safc.com he knew last season he wanted to stay regardless of what division the club were in.
“I am delighted to have extended my stay at the club,” he said. “At the end of last season, I spoke to the manager because I only really saw my future here.
“I spoke to the manager before we knew where we were going to be, whether it was in the Championship or League One.
“I am happy here and I am settled here. When you get to my age it’s not about other things. I looked at it from different points of view because there were other clubs interested in taking me but I didn’t want to entertain that so I was keen to get something sorted.
“The club were quite keen as well, so it’s worked out well and it has been sorted out quickly over the last couple of weeks.
“I’m very happy here and I want to do everything I can to help get the club back to where I think it belongs.”
It’s a great fillip. A similar piece of news about Jon McLaughlin would be another.