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The Roker Roundup: March 23rd 2012 - Phillips Linked, McClean Gets New Deal

A News To A Kill
A News To A Kill

Thank the man upstairs, it's finally Friday, and we can all start to enjoy ourselves a little more. That's how it goes doesn't it?

Anyway, today's March the 23rd, it has been all day and will remain that way. On this day in history, NASA launched Gemini 3, the United States' first two-man space flight. Meanwhile closer to home, George Herd and Charlie Hurley scored the goals as Sunderland beat Grimsby Town 2-1 at Blundell Park to send Sunderland to the top of Division Two for the first time that season. A run of just 1 win in their next 8 games would follow, and promotion was denied in a heartbreaking final day home defeat to Chelsea.

Now, let's have proper like, up to date news and that...

Starting with some big news, James McClean has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2015, capping a remarkable rise this season for the Irishman - CLICK HERE

Oumare Tounkara has joined the loan exodus and headed to Oldham Athletic for the rest of the season. He did alright there last season, and could do even better this time having progressed with the reserves - CLICK HERE

Mark Hughes, now manager of tomorrow's opponents QPR has tried and no doubt failed at some mind games by suggesting that we're more focused on the FA Cup than the league. I do hope he's wrong - CLICK HERE

Gary Bennett has been speaking of our FA Cup run, and the legendary centre-back is backing us to go all the way in this years competition. Good little interview - CLICK HERE

Another club legend, Jimmy Montgomery, has been speaking about fellow Goalkeepers Union member Craig Gordon, and how it looks very likely the stopper will be on his way in the summer - CLICK HERE

Stick another name on the list of players who 'might' be coming to Sunderland this summer, Blackpool winger Matty Phillips. He's impressed when I've seen him, and wouldn't mind taking a punt on him if the price is right for the former England U20 international - CLICK HERE

After his horror miss at Ewood Park on Tuesday, Martin O'Neill still has faith in South Korean striker Ji Dong-Won, backing him to make a real success of himself in the Premier League. He's had more impact than was expected of the lad since pre-season, and hopefully he'll adapt to life here - CLICK HERE

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