Sunderland AFC transfer gossip: Ex-Cats, Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic man training with League One club

MK Dons boss Liam Manning has stated that Will Grigg is training at the club.

Wednesday, 29th June 2022, 9:29 am

Grigg was out of contract at the Stadium of Light earlier this summer and was not offered a new deal by Sunderland. The striker's time on Wearside did not go to plan after a big-money move from Wigan Athletic.

The Northern Ireland international struggled for form at the Stadium of Light and was loaned to MK Dons and Rotherham United. And now, Manning has confirmed that the former loanee is currently training with MK Dons through the early weeks of pre-season.

“He’s somebody who has a good relationship with the Club so we were happy to provide him an opportunity to train with us while he’s without a club”

GILLINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Will Grigg of Milton Keynes Dons reacts during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Milton Keynes Dons at MEMS Priestfield Stadium on March 02, 2021 in Gillingham, 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 James Chance/Getty Images)

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne also recently stated that he will hold talks with Grigg’s representatives over a potential move

The Millers won automatic promotion to the Championship on the final day of the League One campaign.

However, the striker has impressed during his loan spell with Rotherham boss Warne has spoken highly of the Northern Ireland international on several occasions.

Sunderland won their own promotion to the Championship over the weekend as the Wearsiders defeated Wycombe Wanderers in the League One play-off final at Wembley.

“I’m going to have a conversation with his agent,” Warne said via the Sheffield Star back in May. “I would like to keep Griggy but it’s down to the player. He’ll consider the geography of it, the finances of it, what other offers he gets.

“It might be something we sort out in a couple of weeks, it might be something we revisit in July.”

Grigg tore his hamstring earlier in the season keeping him out for the majority of the campaign.

“It was a massive loss for us when he got injured,” Warne said. “A striker’s job isn’t just to score. Look at Smudge, he’s been brilliant for us over the years but it’s only this season that he’s scored 20-plus goals.

“Griggy was the glue in our team. When he was injured his boots weren’t easy ones to fill.”