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‘We haven’t got the billionaire owner anymore’ – Exclusive: Micky Gray talks Sunderland summer signing

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Former Sunderland defender Micky Gray has suggested that on-loan forward Marc McNulty is the sort of player the club should be looking to sign permanently, in an exclusive interview with Football League World Chief Editor Sam Rourke.

McNulty joined the Black Cats on a season-long loan from Reading this summer and has contributed one goal and two assists in his five appearances for the club.

Jack Ross will be hoping the Scottish forward can find the goalscoring form he has shown in previous years. He scored eight times in 17 games for Hibs in the 2018/19 campaign and 26 times in 52 games for Coventry City the season before.

Gray indicated that the 26-year-old was the quality of player he’d like to see at the club permanently but acknowledged that their standing in English football could make that difficult.

Speaking exclusively to Rourke, he said: “Those are the type of players that you would like to sign on permanent deals but this is the situation that Sunderland find themselves in.

“We’re not the powerhouse that we were when we were in the Premier League. We haven’t got the billionaire owner anymore, so you’re searching around for people like that.

“You just hope when they come to the club that they buy into the process and want to try and help you get out of the division that you’re in.”

Sunderland are currently eighth in League One but know that a win on Saturday could realistically take them as high as fourth.

Jack Ross’ men travel to the Crown Ground to face Accrington Stanley in a game they should be confident they can win.

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