Sunderland AFC news: Ex-Black Cats 'target' Marcus Maddison concludes switch to North East club

Ex-Sunderland target Marcus Maddison has joined Darlington.

Wednesday, 29th June 2022, 9:28 am

The attacking midfielder, who has been a supporter of the Black Cats since childhood and is from County Durham, left Peterborough United following the expiration of his contract back in 2020

A half-season loan spell at Hull City failed to result in a permanent move before Maddison had stints at Charlton Athletic, Bolton Wanderers and Spalding United and even took some time away from the game.

The 28-year-old was frequently linked with Sunderland since their relegation to League One, but it is thought that he was never actually a genuine target for Jack Ross, Phil Parkinson or Lee Johnson.

BOLTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Marcus Maddison of Bolton Wanderers prepares to take a free kick during the Sky Bet League Two match between Bolton Wanderers and Cambridge United at University of Bolton Stadium on March 09, 2021 in Bolton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

In February this year, Maddison set up a GoFundMe in an attempt to fund surgery in the hopes it would help him continue playing following a career-threatening injury. He reached the target in less than 24 hours.

Now, Maddison has signed with Darlington, who play their football in the Vanarama National League North.