Stewart Donald issues positive Sunderland contract update as midfielder triggers clause

Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald has issued an update to supporters as the club's youngsters weigh-up new contract offers.

Saturday, 8th December 2018, 10:36 am
Updated Saturday, 8th December 2018, 10:45 am
Stewart Donald has shared a positive contract update

The Black Cats are keen to see Josh Maja, Denver Hume, Lynden Gooch and Max Stryjek agree new deals, with their current contracts set to expire at the end of the current season.

And while it was confirmed that the club had presented the youngsters with offers, none have committed their futures as of yet.

Stewart Donald has shared a positive contract update

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But in a tweet to a supporter, Donald revealed that fans should find out more news on the contract offers within the next week.

MORE: Bali Mumba on playing wing-back and sealing a first-team placeHe also suggested that captain George Honeyman - whose deal also runs out in the summer - has triggered a clause in his deal which means he will stay at the Stadium of Light next season.

"George - automatically got another year due to games played," posted the Sunderland chief.

"I expect we will give the fans an update on the other youngsters in the next 7 days or so."

Sunderland remain hopeful of tying all four players to new deals, although there has plenty of speculation surrounding Maja in recent weeks.

As reported by the Echo this morning, Championship clubs are starting to firm-up their interest in the teenager after his goal-laden start to the campaign.

READ: Championship sides firm-up interest in Josh Maja ahead of transfer windowMillwall, Middlesbrough and Bristol City have all been linked with the 19-year-old, while Premier League duo Tottenham and Manchester City have also been credited with an interest.

Honeyman, too, was linked with a move to Sheffield United - but Donald's update may put those rumours to bed ahead of January transfer window.