Craig Gordon to take his time over next move

HULL TARGET ... goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
HULL TARGET ... goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
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CRAIG Gordon is relaxed about his immediate future after the end of his five-year spell at Sunderland.

The 29-year-old’s Black Cats contract, set to expire at the end of June, has not been renewed, leaving the Scot a free agent to negotiate his next move.

And so far that has prompted speculation over potential moves to Celtic, West Brom, Southampton, Wigan and, most recently, Hull City, now that former Sunderland boss has taken over the management of the Tigers.

But Gordon himself is in no rush to find new employers and plans a low-key holiday before deciding what the future holds for him.

“Things will work themselves out over the next few weeks,” he said.

“I’ve had a few bits and pieces of contact from different clubs, but I’ll take my time and see what the best offer is over the summer and see where next season takes me.

“I’m quite relaxed it will all get sorted out and I can get some first-team football under my belt.”

Gordon has seen the talk of Hull City, where Steve Bruce described the signing of the Scotland keeper as “a possibility” but the keeper himself has given the idea no encouragement.

“There is always going to be speculation, managers that know me from the past,” he shrugged. “Scottish managers, things like that are always going to get put in the Press,” he said. “I’ll just wait and see what comes in the next few weeks.”

What Gordon does next is going to be interesting because despite being signed by Roy Keane for Sunderland for £9m in 2007 – a then record for a Premier League goalkeeper – he never really justified the price tag.

His quality is undoubted and he left Sunderland with the title of having made the best save in Premier League history – a spectacular one-handed effort against Bolton Wanderers last season – but his time on Wearside was blighted by injury.

He made only 88 appearances over the course of his Sunderland career but believes that those problems are now behind him.

“It’s not been ideal the last year-and-a-half, two years with injuries,” he acknowledged.

“I’ve kind of got a reputation from it which is a bit unjust.

“But these things happen and you have to bounce back.”