Marc McNulty reveals what frustrated him at Sunderland - and how his move to Hibernian almost fell through

Marc McNulty has revealed how ‘twists and turns’ almost scuppered his Sunderland exit and subsequent return to Hibernian.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 7:40 am
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 6:02 pm

The striker completed a deadline day switch to Easter Road after seeing his season-long loan at the Stadium of Light cut short.

And the 27-year-old praised the endeavour of Hibs’ senior management to get the deal done - having admitted it was on-and-off during the closing weeks of the window.

“The club have been brilliant, to be honest,” he said, speaking to Hibs TV

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Former Sunderland striker Marc McNulty

“Ever since a couple of weeks ago, they’ve been trying to get something done.

“There’s been quite a few twists and turns, but Graeme Mathie [head of recruitment] and “Leanne Dempster [chief executive], they’ve kept on pushing it and pushing it.

“It’s sort of looked like nothing has been happening, but they’ve done really well and I appreciate them doing that.”

Hibernian weren’t the only side showing an interest in McNulty, though.

It’s understood a number of English teams - including League Two high-flyers Swindon Town - were keen on a move.

“I thought long and hard about it,” said McNulty of his decision to return to Scotland.

“I had a couple of other options down there, but similar to last year I chose to come here. It paid off then, and hopefully it does the same.”

The striker had been out of favour at the Stadium of Light in the build-up to the window, with Phil Parkinson preferring Charlie Wyke as the lone striker.

But McNulty will now look to reignite his career under the guidance of Jack Ross - whom he felt was beginning to get the best out of him prior to his Sunderland dismissal.

“I’ve not played much over the last couple of months and it’s been a bit frustrating,” admitted the striker.

“I was just getting going just before the manager left, which was frustrating.

“But I appreciate him giving me the opportunity to come back here.”

Sunderland swooped to sign Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo on deadline day, in a move which triggered the sequence of events which allowed McNulty to head to Hibernian.