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Roker Roundup: Sunderland star McGeady’s career resurgence continues - ROI caps back in store?

Aiden McGeady’s Indian summer just keeps on getting better - and his fantastic form for Sunderland could see him earn a recall to the Republic of Ireland squad if he keeps it up.

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Competition for Kamara

Sunderland failed in a bid for Dundee midfielder Glen Kamara back in August, shortly before the signing of Max Power from Wigan Athletic, and rumours of Jack Ross’ interest in the player have persisted with the Finland international out of contract at the end of the season.

We are not the only club interested in the 23-year-old, as Swansea boss Graham Potter had a scout watch him during the Scottish club’s 4-0 win over Hamilton in midweek and Dundee’s Scottish Premiership rivals Rangers, Celtic, Hearts and Hibernian have also shown interest according to the Dundee Evening Telegraph.

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Molyneux on step up to senior football

Luke Molyneux starred for Gateshead at the weekend as the Sunderland youngster set up both goals in a 2-0 win over Bromley.

Speaking to the Heed’s official website after the match, Molyneux said that he was happy with how the team has been playing but also revealed how playing senior football has helped him personally:

It’s great to be starting again. We’ve played quite well the past few games although last week the result didn’t go our way, it’s great to get two assists as well but more importantly for the team to get the win.

It’s massive, especially when we’re trying to stay in the play-offs – you can’t get better than a win and a clean sheet.

I think keeping my performance levels high and setting the same standard that I do every week is massive for me. So with a lot of games coming up over Christmas hopefully we can get more results.

The lads are class, everyone works for each other and everyone works hard but it’s been a big learning curve for me.

My physical side is what I needed to work on and I feel coming here has helped that a lot, as well as the technical side, to bring different elements to my game and playing for Gateshead has done that for me.


Praise for Kokolo

Williams Kokolo made his Darlington debut at the weekend after signing for the club on a work experience loan on Thursday.

The Quaker’s club captain praised the youngster after their 2-1 home defeat by Nuneaton Borough and mentioned that the physical aspect of non-league won’t be an issue for the 18-year-old:

He’s good, he’s direct, left-footed and he can leave his foot in as well. That’s what you normally get with Academy lads, can they do the physical side? But he can and he’ll be a big threat for us.


International boost for McGeady

Despite being in the international wilderness under Martin O’Neill, Aiden McGeady has not appeared for Ireland in over a year - since their World Cup play-off defeat by Denmark - but his international career may not be over just yet.

Shortly after taking over as the new Republic of Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy was at the draw for the next European Championship qualifying rounds and the former Sunderland boss revealed that the in-form winger is still in his thoughts:

I had somebody watch Aiden play for Sunderland on the weekend and he’s flying.

McGeady, who has 93 caps for Ireland to his name, already has six goals and four assists to his name this season and recently won the club’s player of the month award as well as being nominated for the League One player of the month due to his exceptional performances.

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