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Key Sunderland figure delivers contract update following Championship interest in defensive duo



Lee Johnson has provided a contract update on two of Sunderland’s first team players.

As well as the high-profile situation surrounding Charlie Wyke’s future, he’s not the only senior member of Johnson’s squad who is facing an uncertain future.

Luke O’Nien and Denver Hume are two players who are in a similar position with their contracts having expired at the end of June.

O’Nien has been a valuable first team player for the Wearsiders since he moved to the club back in 2018, making 139 appearances during his three seasons at the club. The 26-year-old has attracted interest from the Championship as he faces a decision over his future, with the likes of Peterborough, Hull City and Luton Town said to be keen.

As for Hume, the young full-back is gearing up for a big future at the club after emerging as the club’s first choice left-back over the last season, leading to reported interest from Middlesbrough in his services.

Both players are yet to pen a new contract at the Stadium Of Light and while Hume’s situation seems a little bit unclear, Johnson provided an encouraging update regarding O’Nien’s plans.

Speaking to the Northern Echo, Johnson said: “Denver is ongoing, that one I haven’t been too involved in to be honest.

“With Luke, I must have spoken to him every other day for the last three or four weeks. I’m hopeful on that one, but it’s not quite there yet. It’s good signs.”

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The verdict

Sunderland supporters are really hoping for some good news here.

Luke O’Nien is a hugely popular figure among the fans at the Stadium Of Light and Lee Johnson is clearly keen to keep him at the club as part of his plans to secure promotion next term.

For Denver Hume it’s a case of retaining one of the club’s most promising homwgrown talents.

The left-back could go on to be a really big player for Sunderland but with his future up in the air it’s going to be very interesting to see what happens in the coming days and weeks.

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