With just under two weeks until the start of the season, Wearside still waits for Sunderland to splash out in the transfer market and bring in the players we so desperately need.
Meanwhile, Dylan McGeouch has been chatting about life under Jack Ross at SAFC. McGeouch said: “He's been great since the day I came in, very approachable and great for the lads. He's been positive as well, as have the backroom staff. Everyone's tried to change the mentality of the squad. There's no looking at what happened in previous years, we're looking to bounce back and be a positive energy. I think the boys are adapting to that in training. It's different every day and the boys are enjoying it. You can see the performances getting better and better so hopefully we can keep that going. As a new player you need to find your way into a team and understand people's games. They need to understand me. I feel that understanding of each other's games coming and hopefully in the coming weeks it will click more. It's new and there are a lot of new faces so we just need to bed ourselves in as a squad each day in training and games and hopefully we can progress. If I can get on the ball, make things happen and dictate the tempo, then great. That's kind of my job in the team and what I bring,” said the 25-year-old. The players are just getting to know each other, it was only our third game, and we're getting to know each other and understand one another a wee bit more. That should improve as the weeks go on. For me playing in the middle of the park it's just about trying to get things moving and letting boys express themselves going forward while I keep things ticking over. I played deep as a kind of No 6 last year with two ahead of me. I did that again on Tuesday and tried to dictate the tempo of the game. It worked at some points so hopefully over the coming weeks it will get better, the team will adapt and I'll adapt to the team. I'm positive and looking forward to it. That's the role I enjoy, getting the ball in deep areas and letting boys progress up the park and express themselves while I back it up. Hopefully I can do that here and be a big influence on the team.”
In other news, SAFC youngsters Owen Gamble, Brandon Taylor, Alex Storey, Adam Bale and Jack Connolly have all penned new deals.