Sunderland have added another fixture to the pre-season schedule, this time heading up to Scotland to play Hibernian FC on Saturday August 6th, in what looks likely to be the last pre-season friendly.
The Scottish club, managed by former Newcastle assistant Colin Calderwood finished 10th in the SPL last season, have some SAFC connections, as they did have ex-midfielder Liam Miller until he signed for Aussie side Perth Glory today on a free transfer, as well as being the club where former 'striker' Anthony Stokes made his name whilst on loan from Arsenal.
It's a risky move by Sunderland to head to Edinburgh once again, having taken on Hearts back in 2009. That trip ended badly for travelling fans who were set upon by police and waiting Newcastle fans upon arriving at Central Station around a year ago, with investigations still on going as to who was the guilty party in the events.
Looking at the game itself though, Hibs should provide a decent test if not overtly taxing, but Sunderland fans should see the basis of the team for the start of the season as Steve Bruce looks to fine-tune the squad in preperation for the big kick-off.
The entire pre-season schedule for Sunderland now looks like this:
July 13th - York City (A)
July 17th - Arminia Bielefeld (A)
July 20th - Hannover 96 (A)
July 23rd - Borussia Monchengladbach (A)
July 30th - Burnley (A)
August 6th - Hibernian (A)
The Hibernian game kicks off at 3pm, and tickets are priced at £15 for adults & £10 for kids, with details of when you can get them released soon.
If you head on up, be careful on the way back, thats all we can say.