Elliot Embleton and Ross Stewart.

The 15 Sunderland players contracted for the Black Cats' 2022/23 Championship battle

Sunderland are preparing for the 2022/23 Championship campaign – but only have 15 first-team players under contract for the new season.

Lynden Gooch’s decision to sign a new contract was a boost for the Black Cats, while deals have also been offered to Patrick Roberts and Bailey Wright.

The club are also exploring the possibility of re-signing some of the loan players they had last season.

Still, there is lots of work to be done in the transfer market if Sunderland are going to be competitive in the second tier.

We took a look at the contract lengths of those senior players who will remain at Stadium of Light next season as things stand:

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