Sunderland announce retained list as summer revamp gets underway

Sunderland have announced their retained list – with Adam Matthews and Max Stryjek leaving the club.

It leaves Sunderland with just one senior goalkeeper on the books, in the shape of last season’s player of the year – Jon McLaughlin.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross.

A total of seven players have been released by the Black Cats including full-back Matthews, winger Luke Molyneux plus goalkeepers Stryjek and Robbin Ruiter.

Molyneux and Ruiter had already confirmed their departures on social media, with the winger in line to join Hartlepool United. He had a loan spell at the Super 6 Stadium last season.

Stryjek’s departure is a surprise given he was open to staying on Wearside but had expressed a desire to play more games, and he will now have to find a new club and Sunderland will be looking to add new goalkeepers to their ranks as a priority.

One name linked is former Middlesbrough and Hartlepool United keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos, though at the age of 40 the free agent would only be a short-term option.

The futures of Dylan McGeouch and Reece James remain up in the air despite being on the list of retained players. They both have an option for a second year and are yet to commit.

Under-23 players Max Johnstone, Connor Shields and Alex Storey will also depart.

A spokesman said: “SAFC would like to wish each of the players leaving the club the very best for the future.”

Academy product Elliot Embleton has been offered a new deal but as reported by the Echo, there are serious doubts over whether he will pen a new contract.

Players aged over 24 as of 30 June 2019 who have been retained:

Jack Baldwin
Lee Cattermole
Tom Flanagan
Will Grigg
George Honeyman
Reece James
Grant Leadbitter
Glenn Loovens
Donald Love
Chris Maguire
Aiden McGeady
Dylan McGeouch
Jon McLaughlin
Luke O’Nien
Bryan Oviedo
Alim Ozturk
Max Power
Duncan Watmore
Charlie Wyke

Players aged under 24 as of 30 June 2019 who have been retained or have a contract offer pending:

Jack Bainbridge
Lee Connelly
Jack Connolly
Jack Diamond
Elliot Embleton
Owen Gamble
Lynden Gooch
Jake Hackett
Denver Hume
Jordan Hunter
Benji Kimpioka
Bali Mumba
Ethan Robson
Brandon Taylor
Jacob Young