Sunderland fan blog: The huge contract dilemma facing the Black Cats
As the League One season goes down to the wire, the plan for next season has been made even tougher by the predicament that Sunderland now find themselves in Sky Bet League One.
The gap at the top is so tight that not until there is a couple of games remaining will we know the destination for Sunderland. Between now and May, their situation in Sky Bet League One could alter with huge matches against Hull City and Peterborough all coming up in April.
It leaves a huge dilemma for the club, regarding 21 contracts of their senior first-team players; some of which will aspire playing in the Championship or higher next season.
One of the major sagas may be between Sunderland and Wolves for the permanent signing of Dion Sanderson.
Despite not being one of Sunderland's first names on the teamsheet at the beginning of the season, the injuries to Bailey Wright and Jordan Willis opened the door for the Wolves loanee to gain some vital game time, and oh boy how he has taken the jersey with open arms.
His professional and calm attitude on and off the ball at the back placed him as the club's only centre-back, alongside Luke O'Nien in a patched-up defensive line.
By keeping a resolute defensive line, it has created more opportunities for the men in attack and Aiden McGeady is excelling - something that we all know he is capable of.
After Phil Parkinson had him frozen out of the squad during his tenure - for reasons that still not many people are aware of – Lee Johnson's arrival brought a different side to the 34-year-old, who over the course of a couple of months has propelled him into achieving the second most assists, behind former Black Cat, George Honeyman.
Sunderland may be still his destination for next season, but like many players, their decision will perhaps be based on the league that they will be in.
Promotion and a lot of players will stay.
Another season in League One and the rebuilding process starts again.
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