The Lowdown: Stewart’s story profiled
The Black Cats talisman was attracting curiosity from the likes of Glasgow Rangers and Middlesbrough, although any type of deal didn’t materialise earlier than the deadline.
The 6 foot 2 ahead’s one-year extension has since been triggered, which means that he’ll keep put till no less than 2024, however having been dominated out for the rest of the marketing campaign with an achilles harm, securing his long-term providers is now the precedence.
Talking to the Sunderland Echo, Speakman revealed that the Wearside outfit are planning to open negotiations with Stewart over extending his keep on the Stadium of Gentle.
“Our ambition has at all times been to re-sign Ross and that is still the case.
“We have clearly received to be delicate across the scenario nowadays however I am positive there might be a dialog within the close to future about the place we’re at with that.
“It was solely pure that we put that on maintain coming into the January window, as a result of I do not suppose these conversations are ever that productive throughout a switch window.”
The Verdict: Totally deserved
Stewart is arguably Sunderland’s predominant attacking drive, and taking a look at his numbers, rewarding him with a brand new long-term contract could be nothing lower than he deserves.
The Irvine native has made a exceptional 13 objective contributions in the identical variety of second-tier outings this time period, and he was averaging 3.5 pictures per league sport previous to his harm (WhoScored).
Tony Mowbray can be supplied with the proper aerial risk given the 26-year-old’s top, so it will be in everybody’s finest pursuits to tie him down earlier than the upcoming summer season window.