Graham Hoping For Extended Boro Stay

Chris Brunskill

Who remembers Danny Graham, then? Anyone?

Sunderland flop Danny Graham has not spoken to the club about where he will be playing his football next season but would be open to the prospect of staying on at Middlesborough.

The striker has been on loan at The Riverside since January after a failed spell at Hull, but has rebuilt his confidence in the Championship and helped himself to a few goals. It's a club he says he'd be happy to be at next season. He told reporters:

The honest truth is I haven't got a clue where my future lies beyond next week.

I've still not spoken to anyone at Sunderland and I'm just concentrating on Yeovil [Boro's last game] and hopefully I can get a couple more goals before we go away for the summer and then we can reassess and see what everyone says and where my future lies.

If there was an opportunity I certainly would like to stay longer. This is a club that gave me my first chance in professional football and I've thoroughly enjoyed the last couple of months, although it took us a while to win when I first came.

I've got a lot of feelings for the club and there are signs that next year could be a big season for Middlesbrough.

If Sunderland get relegated, you could see Graham being a useful player to keep around. He is proven at that level and we'd be unlikely to get much better. If Premier League survival is secured, however, it's unlikely Gus Poyet will even entertaining the question about whether or not to keep him. He'll be off.

Graham was a bad signing by Martin O'Neill and it just hasn't worked out at all. He looked unfit from the off and just the wrong type of striker. He was a budget Steven Fletcher, really, but unable to make any actual contribution and one we still managed to overpay for.

It will be interesting to see where he ends up next season, though hopefully it will be on a permanent deal to swell Poyet's transfer coffers a little.

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