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Updated: Jul 19


Kyle Lafferty has announced that he would love to stay at Sunderland next season. The Ulsterman is currently on a deal until June but is loving life on Wearside. “I’d love to stay here,” he said. “I said when I first joined here, if I was given the opportunity in my much younger years I would have come here. It’s a massive club and to get the chance to play for this football club at 32 years of age, it’s a nice feeling. The manager gave me a chance and the only way I can repay him is performances and goals. Hopefully Saturday’s goals sends me in the right direction.”

Despite picking up one point from nine, Lafferty reckons we’ll be there, or thereabouts, come the end of the season. “The only thing we can do is focus on our own football,” said Lafferty. “We’re good enough to go on and win the next nine games and if we do that we’ll get promoted in the top two. But there’ll be twists and turns throughout the league, but we just need to focus on ourselves, turn up every week and play the way we’re capable of playing. I’m sure we’ll get the results that put us in a nice position.”

Lafferty is also hoping that his two goals in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Gillingham will be enough to earn him a start at Bristol City tonight. “I hope I can stay in the side at Bristol, hopefully I’ve done enough to get the nod. Sometimes goals aren’t enough, it’s the overall play and bringing the team into play that is more important as well. Hopefully the manager sees I’ve done enough and I’ll get the nod. If I get the nod, and hopefully I do, then I’ll go out looking for goals. I feel confident of scoring in every game and I know in this team I’ll get chances.”

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