FORGOTTEN man Nyron Nosworthy is enduring the worst time of his career after dropping out of the first-team picture at Sunderland.
The 30-year-old defender has not played for the Black Cats since the 2-0 defeat at Everton in January last year and, after spending last season on loan at Sheffield United, now finds himself in limbo with no club on the horizon to take him on loan and no future at the Stadium of Light.
He told the Echo: “It’s incredibly disappointing because I love playing football and at the moment it’s just not happening.
“I understand I’m not in the manager’s plans at Sunderland and a loan would be the best idea but it isn’t as easy as it seems to get a new club.
“People might think you just walk out of one and into another but it’s not as simple as that, especially in the current situation in football.”
The writing has been on the wall for some time now for a player who played a key role in Sunderland’s promotion from the Championship in Roy Keane’s first season in charge and who won the Player of the Season award for 2006-07.
He figured less and less in the first team after Steve Bruce’s arrival, culminating in that bad day at Goodison, which led to him spending two lengthy spells out on loan at Sheffield United.
This season though Nosworthy has been unable to find a club willing to take him off Sunderland’s hands, though he remains hopeful with high-flying League One side MK Dons making an enquiry earlier in the season.
He said: “It’s frustrating because I’ve never had this in my career before and so it’s unusual and difficult.
“It’s certainly the biggest challenge of my career, there’s no doubt about that,
“There’s a first time for everything I guess but I just have to take it and deal with it and keep on giving my best because at the end of the day I’m still employed by Sunderland and I have to make sure that I’m as fit as I can be for whatever the club might ask of me.”
Nosworthy at least got a rare run-out for the reserves this week and is relieved to be featuring in some form of competitive football.
“It’s nice to dust the cobwebs off a bit and do my very best to stay fit,” he said.
“That’s all I can do at the moment, be professional, keep myself right and continue looking to do my best. It was good too to get a win with the reserves, it was a good, competitive game and the lads did well to get a 3-1 win.
“It’s hard to be at your peak when you are not playing but at least I got 90 minutes this week and that’s going to help keep me ticking over.”
Sunderland had something of a defensive crisis last week in the game against West Brom with Titus Bramble ruled out and Michael Turner still struggling for fitness but it spoke volumes about Nosworthy’s situation at the club that he did not even feature in the squad – 18-year-old central defender Louis Laing being preferred in his place.
The biggest obstacle in the way of a loan move is the Premier League wages the player is on after signing a two-year contract extension but that deal is set to end next summer and the Londoner will become a free agent.