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Sunderland outcast sends message to critics as future with Black Cats remains in question

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Will Grigg has admitted that ‘it’s nice to prove a few people wrong’ after impressing during his loan spell with MK Dons.

The Sunderland striker endured a torrid time since arriving at the club in January 2019, scoring just eight goals in 61 appearances for the Black Cats.

Since moving back to his former club in January, the 29-year-old has equaled that tally of eight goals in just 20 appearances for Russell Martin’s side, helping the club to a 13th place finish in League One.

Grigg will return to Sunderland this summer and with one year left on his deal it remains to be seen what the future holds for the striker,

But discussing his time at MK Dons, the frontman was full of appreciation to everyone associated with the Dons for helping him to get his career back on track.

Asked if a move to MK Dons had rejuvenated his career, Grigg told the Dons’ official website: “Definitely, yeah.

“I never fell out of love with the game because I love it.

“It has been tough for myself, I haven’t had a great couple of years, but that’s not out of not wanting to try or wanting to get better. I went from not playing football and not playing a match properly, starting a match, for probably three months into an MK Dons team.

“I absolutely loved my second debut against Rochdale and within a week I’d scored and got an assist. I was so happy to be back and just pleased.

“I always knew I still had the ability and the quality and it’s nice to prove a few people wrong.”

Grigg added: “It was a big decision to come back here and, from the moment I came back, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

“It has been a positive end to the season for us, with how far the team has come, and it’s been great to be a part of. It’s felt like home and that’s partly down to the fans – even though they haven’t been here, you see the messages they send in.

“It felt great right from that very first week and that didn’t change.”

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The verdict

The last few months have been wonderful for Will Grigg.

Things haven’t worked out at Sunderland so far for the striker, meaning that a loan move to MK Dons was perhaps the break that he needed to get his career back on track.

Since then we’ve seen the sort of form from the striker that we’d grown accustomed to over many years in the EFL.

It remains to be seen what the future hold for the Sunderland striker, but given his new-found confidence, he might fancy his chances of a fresh start at the Stadium Of Light.


North East-based EFL writer and aspiring author

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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