Striker Danny Graham has left Sunderland for a second time. The 35-year-old rejoined the Black Cats last summer on a free transfer after he left Blackburn Rovers. Graham signed a 12-month deal but now the club have announced via their official website that the striker had left the club with immediate effect.
Danny Graham Leaves Sunderland With Immediate Effect
Striker Wants First-Team Football
Following his exit, Danny Graham spoke about how he wants first-team football at this stage of his career. Due to the fine form of fellow striker Charlie Wyke and the lack of form and goalscoring ability which he displayed, the experienced frontman struggled for game time
“At this point in my career, it is no secret that I want to be playing regular football, so I appreciate the understanding shown by the club in allowing me to pursue the opportunity to do this,” he said.
“I would like to thank everyone at SAFC, especially my team-mates and the supporters, for their backing throughout my two spells at the Stadium of Light. I wish you all the very best for the future.”
The Black Cats Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman added: “We’ve had some really pragmatic conversations with Danny and there was a mutual understanding that this was the best avenue to take considering our activity in the transfer window and his desire to be involved more than he has been. He’s been a top professional and we wish him well for the future.”
Striker Was Surplus to Requirements Following Second Disappointing Spell at the Club
Striker Danny Graham had fallen down the pecking order to a point where he was surplus to requirements at the club. In-form Charlie Wyke has been in fine form in front of goal this season and head coach Lee Johnson completed the signing of striker Ross Stewart on a permanent deal from Ross County yesterday. Will Grigg, who could also depart this deadline day, was also ahead of Graham.
With Aiden O’Brien receiving more game time of late and the returning Lynden Gooch from injury who could play a more central role, Graham would have struggled for minutes.
Following another spell at the Stadium of Light that will be best forgotten, the time was right for Danny Graham to leave. His departure will free up wages and also a vital space in the squad as the club and others like them feel the pressure of the salary cap rules.