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Roker Roundup: £225k ex-Black Cat on injury plagued spell & Laurens De Bock on the move again

£225,000 signing Brian Mooney has spoken at length about why his spell at Sunderland never worked out, and Laurens De Bock is on the move again - this time back to Belgium.

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Former Black Cat on injury plagued spell

More was expected of Brian Mooney when he signed for Sunderland from Preston North End in 1991, after the winger had starred for the Deepdale outfit and getting himself noticed by Jack Charlton in the Republic of Ireland set-up in the process.

The £225,000 move did not work out however and, speaking to the42.ie, Mooney explained how his Sunderland career was derailed by a broken foot and then the poor treatment he received from the club in the aftermath of that injury caused him to be disillusioned with football in England:

I was playing in the first team and I broke my foot down at Luton, it was misdiagnosed. It was just a metatarsal issue, I should only have been out for eight or nine weeks and I missed a whole season over it, because they kept forcing me back a little bit early.

It kept breaking. It broke four times before they X-rayed it again and acknowledged it was broken. They were trying to push me back three or four weeks after resting it and it kept breaking in the same spot.

So I just got a bit disillusioned with the whole thing then. I felt I was being treated pretty poorly. I was saying it was broken, they were saying it wasn’t.

At the end of the day, it ended up being broken. I missed just over a season, so I got fed up. I was 27 at that stage and I was just thinking: ‘I don’t really want to stay over here.’

It was the orthopaedic surgeon who said that it wasn’t broken. He had acknowledged there was a break initially and then right at the end of the season, Sunderland got relegated into the old Second Division.

I came back pre-season and it broke again on hard ground. They X-rayed it at that time and they said it wasn’t broken. But I’d broke it in the same place and then it broke another three or four times after that. I missed the whole season, it was very frustrating, especially when I found out it was broken all along, so I got a bit disillusioned with it. I started making plans to come home then.

I made my mind up — I wanted to come home. I wasn’t going to make it in the top flight. I was always a little bit homesick anyway. So before my contract was up, I negotiated a deal with Shelbourne to come back.

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De Bock set for move

Laurens De Bock has no future at Leeds United and the former Sunderland loanee looks set to sign for Juliper Pro League side Zulte Waregem.

Het Nieuwsblad say that the discussions over the transfer were difficult but progress has been made and the 27-year-old looks likely to join his new club in the near future.

De Bock only joined Sunderland on loan in September but departed in January after making only eight appearances. He then linked up with Alan Pardew at ADO Den Haag, where he made another eight appearances before the Dutch season was cut short by the coronavirus.

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No offer for reported target

Sunderland were linked with Azerbaijan international defender Bahlul Mustafazade late last year, with reports in his home country suggesting that Phil Parkinson wanted to bring the centre back to the Stadium of Light.

Obviously no such move materialised and the 23-year-old had also been linked with Celtic and a move to the MLS but speaking to azerisport.com, Mustafazade says no offer was forthcoming by any of the interested parties and he is just concentrating on his current club, Sabah:

To be honest, I have not received a single offer from any of these clubs.

In my opinion, in the current situation, it is not worth talking too much. I am a Sabah player and the only thing I’m thinking about right now is the success of my team in the next season.

Regarding such a proposal, I think the club management will make the right decision for me.

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