Sunderland Out-of-contract player discusses uncertainties regarding his future

Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin future is up in the air and talks have not progressed regarding his contract. 

However, the 32-year-old goalkeeper wants to stay at the club beyond the contract.  However, with the suspension of football due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are uncertainties regarding situations such as contract renewals.

Speaking to Edinburgh Evening News, the keeper explained:

We haven’t made any plans. The club you are at is always the first priority.

I have moved clubs a number of times but that was because the opportunities elsewhere were better.

Sunderland is a massive club. If and when we can start getting promoted, you’d have to go a long way to be playing for a bigger club. I’ve enjoyed my time. It’s still a club where I’ll try to sort out different issues.

We have enjoyed it here and the family like it. We didn’t have to move too far down from Scotland. My kids are getting to near school age, which changes priorities and whether you are going to move them.

The decision won’t just be mine. It will be down to the club what they want to do with myself, other players, and where they are at if we do get promoted or we don’t.

It also depends what else is out there. Nobody knows what they are doing at the moment in terms of transfers and budgets. Until there are answers, I think everything is on standby.

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Considering that there are a lot of uncertainties regarding many situations, Jon McLaughlin is waiting for things to resolve to check on his future at Sunderland. He added:

There are no real answers from anyone at the moment.

I’m still a Sunderland player until the end of June at least. We are at the mercy of the EFL and the FA so we need to see if the season will be completed and what that means.

We don’t know if teams and players will be made to continue regardless, or if players move on whether they will be allowed to play for their new clubs with the season not completed. There are so many questions.

I think they are waiting on the Government to give some guidance on when things can start again. I know in Scotland they were quick to start making decisions, but here they have been biding their time.

We are also a bit at the mercy of the Premier League. They want to play because of the finances. They need to get it completed and if that happens then I think the leagues below will follow suit.

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