Former Sunderland captain George Honeyman has discussed his summer departure, which has left many Black Cats fans raging at the club’s decision to sell him.
The 25-year-old progressed through the academy and became a key player for the North East club, taking the captain’s armband and proving an integral player in their run to the League One play-off final last season.
Last summer he made a shock exit from the Stadium of Light, moving to Hull City in a deal worth a reported £400,000.
Speaking on the latest episode of Roker Rapport, Honeyman discussed his departure and revealed that the club’s treatment of him was what drove his departure.
The midfielder explained that the club accepted the offer from the Tigers and looked unlikely to extend his contract with the club, which ran to the summer of 2020, which left him feeling he had little choice.
He added: “I wasn’t happy with how it ended, I can’t lie, but that’s how it was. That’s the business side of footy, that’s the ruthlessness of it.”
Honeyman joined the Black Cats academy at the age of 10 and made 97 appearances for the Sunderland senior side before his exit.
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It appears the move still doesn’t sit well with parts of the Stadium of Light faithful, with many fans taking to Twitter to voice their thoughts.
Read their reaction:
I was listening to the Podcast it seems he’s a good player, loves the club it was sad to see him leave we should never have solid him.
— Oluwaseun Bamgboye (@bamgboyeolu) May 18, 2020
Just listened to the podcast while i should of been working, George is a great lad he lived up our road when he played for Sunderland always had time to talk to my son about school and his football. A huge miss at the club
— Iain Macphail (@macphail_iain) May 18, 2020
Another clear example of mistakes made by our current owner. Should have offered him a new contract no question. At the very least, should have treated him better over the move. Add it to the long, long, long list of terrible mistakes of the last however many years 🤦
— Ian Carse (@OnABreakHistory) May 18, 2020
A great listen, George is obviously a lad that greatly cares for the club and appreciates what the club has done for him. It’s just a shame that the current regime don’t understand the real value of a player. They continue to let players leave for a pittance.
— keith coundon (@Keiith_C_1971) May 18, 2020
Now that I know it’s coz there was no contract on the table that just sums up Donald and co to a tee. Happily selling a decent academy player who lives and breaths Sunderland for next to nothing is typical of them
— Harry Days (@harrydays4) May 18, 2020
Very much worth your time this. So clear George loves the club and did not want to leave in the slightest, 100% should still be here. https://t.co/nv5rzprfik
— Sam Blakey (@samblakey_) May 18, 2020
Appalling the way George was treat by the club. We need players like him and it’s criminal we let him go in the manner we did. https://t.co/Ws66xVBTU2
— Jay Hart (@cycleyarm) May 18, 2020