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Roker Roundup: Jon McLaughlin to swap Sunderland for Hibs? Not according to Jack Ross...

With rumours linking Sunderland keeper Jon McLaughlin with a move to Hibernian once his contract expires in the summer, Jack Ross has moved to deny any interest in the man he brought to Wearside.

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Ross denies ‘keeper interest

As is the case whenever a manager takes over a new club, Jack Ross was quickly linked with some of his old Sunderland players once he took the reigns at Hibernian.

Dylan McGeouch, Marc McNulty and Jon McLaughlin have all been linked with a reunion with their old Sunderland manager, the former of which signed for Hibs’ SPL rivals Aberdeen yesterday.

As for the latter, Ross spoke about his alleged interest in the Scottish international goalkeeper yesterday and made it clear that he would not be making a move for McLaughlin, even if the 32-year-old won’t be short of offers:

There’s nothing in it. Jon was brilliant for me as a person and player.

His contract is up at the end of the season but Jon has done really well enough in the last 18 months to ensure he won’t be short of offers and as I have said already our goalkeeping situation should be pretty straight forward.

We still have three goalkeepers - two goalkeepers and Adam [Bogdan] hopefully again at the club so we are okay in that regard.

McNulty may still link up with Ross however, as the forward was linked with a move to Hibs as recently as yesterday.

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Rodwell has a ‘point to prove’

Jack Rodwell made a surprise switch to Premier League high-flyers Sheffield United last week and made his debut in the FA Cup home win over AFC Fylde.

The future England centre-half started for the Blades almost an hour in their 2-1 win and speaking about his move to Sheffield United, he believes he was always going to get a good club if he waiting long enough for the right opportunity:

It was just about staying patient and waiting.

There were plenty of offers on the table during that period out of the game but it was about finding the right home for me at this stage of my career. The other offers didn’t seem right but this one was perfect. It’s a great club, the manager [Chris Wilder] is obviously brilliant and I feel like I’ve still got a point to prove at the highest level, so it ticked every box.

I feel like I’ve got more to offer at this level for sure, I’m still capable of playing at the highest level.

That remains my ambition. I’m very ambitious and nothing has changed there. I’ve got to be patient and show the right attitude, but I will be ready whenever I’m called upon.

Sheffield United v AFC Fylde - FA Cup - Third Round - Bramall Lane Photo by Tim Goode/PA Images via Getty Images

McGeady firm owes taxman

Outcast Sunderland star Aiden McGeady is reported to owe the taxman over a quarter of a million pounds via his firm Elite-Energy Recruitment company.

According to the Sunday Post, the company defaulted on tax payments amounting to £267,494 between January 2016 and April 2018.

The HMRC names and shames names and shames businesses that owe more than £25,000 and the most recent list shows 115 businesses across the UK that owed more than that amount, saying:

The people named have cheated the Exchequer out of more than £25,000, and that’s unfair to those who pay their tax.

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