MATT Kilgallon will be allowed to leave Sunderland and train with a string of Championship clubs over the next few weeks as he looks to resurrect his stalled career.
Interest in the 27-year-old has been shown by several clubs but all want to run the rule over a player who has not played competitive league football all season before making a decision.
The defender, who signed a three-and-a-half-year contract at Sunderland in January 2010 and could easily stay at the club until the summer of 2013 collecting his wages, understands the situation.
But he is desperate to move on, admitting: “It just hasn’t happened for me here.
He told the Echo: “Getting out in January would be good.
“I don’t want to just sit here and see my contract out. I’m not the sort of lad to do that. I just want to get out there, enjoy my football again and play.
“It’s no fun at all to be a club where you’re not playing. You lose that buzz when you’re not playing regularly.
“You lose the rhythm of your preparation for matchday and it’s all a bit weird – you just want to get back to the football routine you’ve always been used to.”
Kilgallon arrived at Sunderland from Sheffield United in a deal believed to worth just under £2m but has made only a handful of appearances and has long accepted his future lay away from the Stadium of Light.
Now he is focused on finally finding a club he can establish himself at.
“I know that there’s a few clubs who are interested in taking a look and if I have to train with them for a week or two first, then I’m happy to do that to prove myself.
“I’m sure that the financial side will sort itself out, clubs always find a way of doing that and I’m sure Sunderland will help me get out and start playing again.
“The main thing from my point of view is just getting back playing football again.”