Hull striker Graham - no talks over Sunderland recall

Danny Graham scores at Swansea
Danny Graham scores at Swansea
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DANNY GRAHAM insists he is yet to talk with Sunderland boss Gus Poyet over the possibility of returning to the Stadium of Light in January.

Graham broke an 11-month barren run when he scored at former club Swansea on Monday night - his first goal since the Welsh club’s Capital One Cup semi-final with Chelsea in January.

The 28-year-old joined Hull on a season-long loan during the summer after former Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio sanctioned the striker’s departure just six months after moving to the Stadium of Light in a £5million move.

But with Poyet now at the Sunderland helm, Tigers boss Steve Bruce has raised fears that Graham could be recalled by the Black Cats in the January window.

Yet Graham, who drew a blank in 13 appearances for Sunderland last season, says there have been no discussions with his parent club over a return to Wearside.

“At the minute it is out of my hands,” said Graham.

“I have not spoken to anyone at Sunderland. I have not spoken to the new manager, obviously it was Paulo who sent me out on loan.

“At the minute I am just concentrating on doing well for Hull. As I said the manager showed a lot of faith in me in the time I have been here and I want to repay that.

“I think it is a season-long loan, but if there is an option then we will have to see what happens.”

Graham says ex-Sunderland boss Bruce helped him through his goal drought, which had stretched to 30 games before netting in the 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

“He’s been very good for me since the moment I walked into the club,” added Graham.

“He keeps reminding me how good a player I am, even though I haven’t scored for a while.

“That makes a difference. It shows he has faith in me which is great.

“But it is not just him, it is the other players, the coaching staff and the fans. Everyone has been great so I would like to thank them.

“I think you would start doubting yourself if you were not getting those reassurances, but everybody who has been around me, not just the players but my family and everything, have been superb.

“I have got the goal and I hope we can put this to bed and move on.”