Aiden McGeady reveals why he snubbed other offers to sign a new deal with Sunderland
Aiden McGeady has revealed why he decided to commit his future to Sunderland – after penning a one-year contract extension.
The wideman has put to bed any speculation surrounding his future by agreeing a new deal with the Black Cats which will keep him on Wearside until at least the summer of 2021.
After a stunning 2018/19 campaign on a personal level, which saw him pick up the club’s Player of the Year award after netting 15 times across the term, there were concerns that McGeady would be tempted to move on.
Indeed, reports had linked with former Celtic and Everton man with a summer move to the MLS and McGeady has now revealed that other clubs were keen on a move for him.
But the 33-year-old has now explained why an exit wasn’t an option.
“From the end of last season, I spoke to the manager a bit because I only really saw my future here,” he said, speaking to safc.com
“I spoke to the manager before I even knew where we going to be, the Championship or League One again.
“I’m happy here, I’m settled here and when you get to my age I was looking at it from different points of view.
“There were other teams that were interested but I didn’t really want to entertain that.
“I was quite keen to get something sorted, and equally the club were quite keen as well.
“I’m very happy to stay here and I want to do everything I can to help the club get back to where it belongs.”
Jack Ross was equally delighted to see McGeady commit his future and believes the Republic of Ireland international can make a big impact this season – both on and off the field.
“Aiden was an important player for us last season, and he has a real desire to bring success to the football club,” he added.
“His quality on the pitch speaks for itself, but he also brings a wealth of experience to the dressing room. I’m delighted that he has committed his future to the club.”
Fans were also delighted with the news.
@tutreds said: “Credit to JR and the club that players want to stay at this club”
@GrahamNPaterson added: “Great work by the club to get an extension done for McGeady, too good for this level so big statement of intent keeping him”
@ALS_fanzine tweeted: “WHAT A GUY! After all we've been through in recent years, it's brilliant we have a quality player more concerned about enjoying playing for our club than how much money he could make”
@CraigGeorgeSAFC posted: “Now the main man has signed a contract, I can't see anything other than an improvement to last season's finish. I will never be 100% certain as a sun'lun coz anything can happen. However, I am pretty confident!”
@grant82269 commented: “for all the doom and gloom merchants our bosses SD And CM must doing the right thing to keep players like him”
@RobBell09761311 added: “Honestly expected him to leave us this Summer, and who could blame him...best signing we'll make this season.”
@carlmcmanus811 said: “Every greedy footballer read this!! This is dedication!! Yes he’s 33 but he could of still went elsewhere for more money!! LEGEND!!! Geeds for captain!!”
@headersafc tweeted: “Get in we goin to win the league haway the lads”
@44stu posted: “as good as a new signing”
@alan1961said commented: “Over the moon Aiden McGeady has sighned shows there is some loyal players that want to see a job through good on ya AIden”