OS Belenenses Craic

Jack Ross is hoping that Aiden McGeady will take part in our friendly against OS Belenenses tonight after recovering well from the broken bone in his foot that troubled him in the later stages of last season. “Aiden has got an outside chance of maybe playing a little bit of the game at the end,” Ross said. “He's getting a little bit more training than we'd imagined here, he looks good and feels good, it has been positive so far. We'll see how the next couple of days go but there's a chance, whether it's just the very last part of the game, which would be ahead of schedule to what we'd imagined. Max Power too is ahead of schedule as well, a little bit behind Aiden but further ahead than what we thought which is positive.”

In other news, Jordan Willis has been chatting about settling in at Sunderland and why he chose our club ahead of playing in the Championship. "There's many reasons - the stature of this club, to play in front of this many fans week in, week out, I couldn't turn it down. Then the manager and the coaching staff, they made the point to me that they progress players and that's what I wanted. They improve players and that's what I wanted, and I also wanted to be part of the journey to get this club back to where it deserves to be. When I first came in we sat down and went through a lot of things," he said. "We spoke about stuff and I was really impressed by what he showed me and what he was saying and then we spoke again on the phone, and I was really impressed again. So that was a massive reason that I came here. It's been really good, the lads have been brilliant, the coaching staff as well, and it's obviously made it easier having Lee [Burge, his former Coventry teammate] here as well."