‘It’ll take decades to recover’, ‘Absolute joke’ – Many Sunderland fans react to latest player departure

Sunderland fans have endured their fair share of misery in recent seasons, with two relegations, double Wembley heartbreak and a season of nothingness behind them.

They’re firmly ensconced on League One with a conveyor belt of bad news for them to digest. Today’s doom and gloom is around young striker Cole Kiernan, who has left the club to sign for north east rivals Middlesbrough. Boro are not in such great shape themselves, staring a possible relegation to the third tier in the face, but they’ve attracted the former York striker from the Black Cats.

The Hartlepool-born youngster enjoyed aa exciting 2019/20 season, making his debut for the Republic of Ireland U18s which was quickly followed by his Sunderland debut in the EFL cup tie win over Grimsby. He also appeared 15 times for the Black Cats U18 side, bagging five goals.

“We’ve been following his progress and his development at Sunderland,” said Boro youth team boss Craig Liddle. “When the opportunity came about to sign him on a professional contract we were keen to do so.”

Losing one of their hottest prospects is not new to Sunderland fans. Josh Maja and Joel Osorio both left before their full benefit could be felt, so whilst the Academy of Light does produce talent, it isn’t having the impact on the first team fans might like.

Even though few will have seen Kiernan play, the general feeling is that today’s news is just another nail in the coffin of a one-time Premier League side.


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