Max Stryjek sends heartfelt thanks to Sunderland as he departs the Stadium of Light

Max Stryjek has sent an emotional farewell to Sunderland AFC after leaving the club
Max Stryjek has sent an emotional farewell to Sunderland AFC after leaving the club

Max Stryjek has sent a message of thanks to Sunderland – as the goalkeeper prepares to depart the Stadium of Light.

Stryjek was announced as one of seven players set to depart the Black Cats yesterday – joining Adam Matthews, Robbin Ruiter and Luke Molyneux on the club’s released list.

And while the Polish stopper’s departure came as a surprise to many, the 22-year-old had made no secret of his desire to secure more first-team football – which seemed near-impossible on Wearside given the impressive form of Jon McLaughlin.

Indeed, the youngster spent much of last season out on loan and in the under-23 as his desire for senior action was left unfulfilled. 

But having departed the club, Stryjek was keen to send his thanks to all at the Stadium of Light after a six-year stint.

In a message posted on his Twitter account, the Warsaw-born ‘keeper offered his thanks to the Sunderland fanbase – as well as goalkeeping coach Mark Prudhoe.

“I would like to take a moment to say thank you for over 6 years in @SunderlandAFC,” he said.

“I want to especially give thanks to Mark Pruds who was not just a goalkeeper coach but also a good friend.

“Thanks to all the staff and people who were supporting me. I wish everyone all the best.”

Stryjek will now search for a new club – and will be able to offer a host of senior experience after taking in loan spells at Accrington Stanley, Boston United and Eastleigh.