Sunderland stopper Max Stryjek has opened up about his Sunderland future, admitting to telling Jack Ross he’s not happy being the number three at the Stadium of Light.
The young Polish keeper spent the first half of the season on loan with Eastleigh in the National League. It was a move he enjoyed but, as he told the Sunderland Echo, he was frustrated when he wasn’t allowed back out on loan after Christmas.
“I think it was a really good spell in terms of physicality and men’s football. It was a good experience in general and I thought that I was ready to step-up my game and be higher.
“But unfortunately, the people’s [thoughts] behind [the scenes] were different and I wasn’t allowed to go on a loan, so that’s it.”
The frustration has carried on, with the 22-year-old telling the manager he’s not happy with his current role at the club. He spent the second half of the season playing Under 23 football and with his contract up this summer, he’s keen to have clarification on his future role.
“I’ve chatted with Jack Ross about it and I said to him at the beginning of the season that I’m not happy with being number three goalkeeper, especially after a good pre-season spell when I played really well with the first-team and was performing well in training.”
Stryjek has appeared up to Under 19 level for Poland and has previously enjoyed spells with Boston United and Accrington Stanley, although he didn’t make a senior appearance for the League Two side.
Stryjek’s comments were measured but carried an element of frustration within them. He’s clearly a young man who wants to play football, whether that’s with the Black Cats or not.
If he does stay this summer, he’s going to want a loan spell to continue his development. If he doesn’t stay, he’d make a wise investment for any League Two side.
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