After being led to a disastrous relegation from the Premier League by David Moyes, hopes were still high amongst the fans that Sunderland would be able to bounce back to the top-flight at the first time of asking.
The Black Cats were convincingly relegated, finishing 16 points from safety and winning just five matches in the entire season.
Simon Grayson took the reins at the Stadium of Light and set about putting together a squad he felt could achieve an immediate return to the big time.
10 new faces arrived at the club including the likes of James Vaughan, Jason Steele, Aiden McGeady, Robbin Ruiter, Callum Mcmanaman and Jonathan Williams.
Despite losing goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and striker Jermaine Defore, the club maintained the bulk of their top-flight squad.
One more name was to arrive at the club just before the summer window slammed shut as well.
This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) August 31, 2017
The man in question was AFC Bournemouth defender Marc Wilson.
After moving to the south coast from Stoke City in 2016, the centre-back made 29 appearances for the Cherries but was deemed surplus to requirements by Eddie Howe.
He may not have been wanted at Bournemouth but Sunderland fans were delighted to see him arrive at their club:
Shrewd bit of business ????????
— Anth (@Anthony29396) August 31, 2017
Give us the league
— Josh moralee (@josh_moralee) August 31, 2017
Great signing for the club!
— simon easter (@simoneaster01) August 31, 2017
Sadly, Wilson was to have very little influence as the season descended into absolute chaos for the Black Cats.
After the 31-year-old signed his contract, it took Grayson 14 matches to win a match, a 2-0 win away to Burton Albion and even then, Wilson did not even make the matchday squad.
The reality was that the defender was never given a chance to play on a regular basis as Sunderland sank to the foot of the table, looking more and more set for a second relegation in two seasons.
The club’s fate was sealed three games from the end of the season as a 2-1 loss to Burton condemned them to League One football the following year.
Wilson left for Bolton Wanderers in the summer, no doubt keen to put the nightmarish campaign with Sunderland behind him.