Sunderland's pre-season programme includes date with former Black Cat

Sunderland spent last season on the banks of Lake Geneva
Sunderland spent last season on the banks of Lake Geneva
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Sunderland are set to face Bury this pre-season after former midfielder and now Shakers boss Lee Clark revealed the two clubs are in talks.

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The outline plans for Sunderland's pre-season ahead of their return to the Championship are already known with the club travelling to Austria for a training camp, with games also set to take place in England and north of the border in Scotland.

There will also be a prestigious pre-season friendly at the Stadium of Light for the first time in nine years to celebrate the stadium's 20th anniversary.

Full details are yet to be confirmed but the pre-season programme is set to include a visit to the North West after Clark revealed plans were in place for a friendly with League One Bury.

The Shakers posted an article on their website two weeks ago which stated they had fixtures lined up against several clubs including Sunderland but it was quickly taken offline.

Clark, though, expects the plans to be confirmed within the next week.

"They [Huddersfield and Sunderland] are the type of clubs we are talking too," Clark told the Bury Times.

"Sunderland were recently relegated and will be a Championship club come pre-season while Huddersfield have replaced them in the Premier.

"We are hoping to have everything confirmed 100 per cent in the next couple of days. It will give us an exciting mixture of games in terms of quality of the opposition.

"We want to try to bring teams from the Championship and Premier League to Gigg Lane.

"We also want to play some noble clubs from non-league and League Two to make sure we are fully ready for the new campaign.

"We are very close with a couple of others. We are continuing to take calls and emails with regards to potential friendlies."

As part of Sunderland's pre-season last summer they spent time on the banks of Lake Geneva but this year will see a different approach with more games in the UK.

The departure of David Moyes and the arrival of a new Sunderland manager may lead to some tweaks of the schedule, but the former Black Cats boss confirmed plans were well in place before resigning at the end of the season.

Sunderland will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Stadium of Light opening and are set to mark it with a high-profile fixture.

The ground has not been able to host a pre-season friendly for a number of years due to staging concerts in the off season.

That will not happen this summer with and paves the way for the first open-to-fans friendly at the ground since the visit of Ajax in 2008.

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