Sunderland manager Jack Ross has talked about the efforts being made to sign players this summer, reassuring fans that he knows the type of players he wants: “We’re pretty far down the line with identification of who ideally I would like to bring in who would help us, not only in this league but grow with us as well. I’ve identified a certain profile of player I think, as everyone knows, we have a squad in place at the moment where there’s a lot of things that have to fall into place and that’s a juggling act for the club to get that right. James [Fowler, assistant boss] and I have done a huge amount of work and, with Tony coming on board, that will help us as well. There’s been a lot of work in that respect and that’s taken up a lot of my time. We’ve identified good ones who I think will help us progress as a club, but the next challenge is to get those good ones
Sunderland have announced the first four of their pre-season fixtures. Jack Ross' side will travel to Darlington July 11th, Hartlepool July 14th, Grimsby July 17th and St Mirren on 21st July.
We'll likely field a number of different players in these matches for the manager to get to know his side and implement his tactics and ideas. The squad are also off to Portugal for a pre-season training camp and it is understood that they are attempting to organise a friendly there. More friendlies are expected to be announced as the season gets closer and the new squad comes together.