Sunderland’s January transfer recruit Will Grigg has been opening up about deadline day drama and his ultimate move to the Black Cats.
Sunderland pursued the striker all through the window, with their initial £250,000 bid eventually increasing to sixteen times that value. The Black Cats now have their man and Grigg is focused on the task in hand, despite the craziness of his arrival.
“It’s a mad day,” he reflected. “I’ve always wondered in the back of my mind what it would be like to be involved in a transfer in the last hour or so. It wasn’t quite how I imagined it, but we got there and the outcome is perfect for me.”
“It’s been a manic few days, incredible really with a lot going on and it’s nice to get out on the training pitch. I’m here to play football and I’ve been out there with my boots on Monday and Tuesday.”
Grigg had missed two weeks of football with the Latics after picking up an injury, so his return to fitness has come at just the right time for his new club. Jack Ross’ side are hunting an immediate return to the Championship, but are currently fourth in the table, three points behind Barnsley in second with two games in hand.
Grigg scored 19 times from 29 starts for Wigan last season as they romped to the League One title, bagging 26 times in all competitons.
Sunderland will be delighted to get Grigg in the side and on fire, he’s a real livewire at this level and should give them the edge they need to get over the line.
It must be very unsettling for players on deadline day, knowing one phone call or one collapsed move elsewhere could change your life around without you having a say at all.
Grigg will doubtless be as happy as anyone to have signed for Sunderland, arguably a far bigger club than Wigan despite their current plight.