Robson Raring To Go

Ethan Robson is back at Sunderland following a loan spell at Dundee and after netting against South Shields in pre-season, he’s hoping to be more involved in the first team picture this coming season. ”I think the loan improved me physically more than anything else,” he said. “It's a physical league up in Scotland so I definitely feel better at the physical aspect of the game, getting second balls in midfield and making tackles. It's a side of my game I've looked to improve on and I think my spell away definitely helped that. I've got to try and impress as much as I can and hopefully getting a goal at South Shields will have helped with that. I'm just trying to work as hard as I can day in and day out. I've definitely benefited from the loan spell so I'm trying to come back a better player and show the gaffer what I'm all about. There's a lot of competition for places in midfield so it's important to try and get off to a good start in pre-season and catch the gaffer's eye. Hopefully I can impress him and get a good run of games. I was down to start the first game of the season but I got injured. I came back and scored in the Checkatrade Trophy then got injured again. It was kind of a stop-start season and a frustrating one for myself but I'm looking to move forward from that and definitely have a good season this season.”

Meanwhile, with 23,300 season tickets already sold for the upcoming season, Charlie Methven has praised our support. “Those of us working at the club owe a huge thank you to our passionate fan base for their continued commitment. For all of us, the weeks that followed our Wembley disappointment were tough, which makes it all the more laudable that our supporters have so swiftly dusted themselves down and readied themselves to once again be our club’s bedrock for the new campaign. The fact that there has been a significant and notable increase in season card sales is both a tribute to the steadfastness of SAFC supporters, but also, I think, a result of the many small improvements that were made to the matchday experience over the course of last season.”

In other news, it seems that Jack Ross is set to let Bali Mumba develop his talents in the U23s, for now at least. Mumba started last season in the first team and went onto play eight games. However, as the season progressed Ross used Bali less and less. Ross explained: “Last season we were a bit unfair to him because he was needed in and around the first team, and positionally he'd be playing a lot of different roles for the 23s,” Ross said. “It kind of feels as if the stage he's at, we're looking quite hard at, 'what's his best position and how do we make him better at that'. At the moment the best place for that is the 23s. He still comes over with me sometimes and it's not ruling him out of that, and then maybe at the end of the year, we look at it and see if he's around us or whether he goes out on loan. Strangely he's never really had time in the 23s, because he came straight from school and was with us. So hopefully that might help him in terms of his development.”