Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has left Sunderland upon conclusion of his short-term deal.
The 32-year-old arrived on Wearside in January as cover for Charlie Wyke, but with the season curtailed due to the current crisis and the Black Cats not being involved in the play-offs, he has now left the club.
The former Burnley striker made 11 appearances for the club, starting just twice, and scored two goals. Both of those came in the 2-2 draw against Gillingham at the Stadium of Light in March.
“Sunderland AFC can confirm that Kyle Lafferty has left the club,” the club statement read. “After signing a short-term deal at the Stadium of Light in January, the 32-year-old striker went on to score two goals in 11 appearances for the Lads. Everyone at SAFC would like to wish Kyle the best of luck for the future.”
The striker played in England’s top flight with Burnley, as well as Scotland’s Premier League with Rangers and Hearts. He also featured for Norwegian club Sarpsborg 08 and is Northern Ireland international, having been capped 73 times by his country, scoring 20 goals. However, his short spell on Wearside was not a huge success, although that isn’t unusual at the minute.
Sunderland fans have reacted on Twitter, focusing more on the possibility of more outgoings and the current ownership situation than on Lafferty’;s impact in the short term.
pathetic yet again from the club
— Shaun (@safcbootboys) June 14, 2020
Better striker than Grigg and Wyke put together man ffs ??
— Adam Lowden (@adamlowdenx) June 14, 2020
Get stuffed. We’ve let someone go who could be pivotal to any promotion push in this league. Absolute JOKE of a club.
— Jack Waldron (@waldron1994) June 14, 2020
Parky back to his own clueless ways. Our club is getting sadder by the minute.
— Seeing Rachel Movie (@SeeingRachel) June 15, 2020
Stewrat Donald. Just put the club in liquidtaion. It's where this is going. Sell the club asap. Things are going to get nasty.
— Paul (@paulthomase) June 14, 2020
I think we should get rid of everyone from owners/manager down to the bloke who has to unblock the bogs after Donald does a massive shit and it won't flush.EVERYONE!
— cheeses of nazereth (@Cheeses0fNaz) June 14, 2020
Shame, thought he was the only striker that looked dangerous in and around the goal. Nothing personal but I've seen nothing from Wyke that tells me he can lead the line and score regularly.
— Black Cat Yank (@M_Coan47) June 14, 2020