Sunderland’s Tom Flanagan yesterday signed a new contract with the North East club, pleasing many fans – though some are not so delighted at the news.
Flanagan came through the youth ranks at Milton Keynes before making 45 appearances under Karl Robinson at the Buckinghamshire side. Loan spells at Kettering, Gillingham, Plymouth Argyle, and Barnet ensued, before the defender eventually parted ways by mutual consent
A three-year spell at Burton Albion followed, two of which being played in the Championship, before the London-born man signed for Jack Ross’ newly-relegated Lads.
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Though being a regular feature under Ross during his first campaign, Flanagan found himself out of favour under the Scot in his second and found himself faced seldom with opportunity.
He did, however, go on to work himself into new manager Phil Parkinson’s side, playing the full 90 minutes in each of Sunderland’s last eight games before the early conclusion of the season, and has subsequently earned himself a new two-year contract until 2022.
Speaking to safc.com, the defender said: “I get on really well with the manager and I like his management style, so I’m really looking forward to the next two years. There is definitely unfinished business for me at this club.”
Many Sunderland fans were quick to praise the 28-year-old, though others not so much:
Fair play to the lad, tells you something about a character when they commit after receiving the sort of stick he has at times 👍
— SteveB (@Fantanafest73) July 24, 2020
— Gerard Hiscock (@HiscockGerard) July 24, 2020
Shows how deluded our fans are that they are “buzzing” about this! I’m sorry but he was our worst CB last year.
— Kiran Savage (@KiranSavage) July 24, 2020
underwhelmed is an understatement…
— Martin Buckley (@muttywhitedog) July 25, 2020
Finally some decent news
— Jayden hanlon (@Jaydenhanlon7) July 24, 2020